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VOL. 9 

1927 - 1828 






Presented to the M. A. C. Library 
by the Associate Alumni of M. a, C, 











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V^ol. IX. 

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Amherst, Massachusetts, June 25, 1927 ''"•"sl^'„^d°ciasTma«e?'''''' No. 1 


Strong Line-up Presented 

A bird's-eye view of the M.A.C. faculty of 
instruction, according to a recent study, reveals 
many facts of interest which have not hitherto 
been published. 

There are at present ninety-eight members 
on the roll call of the M.A.C. faculty of instruc- 
tion. Vacancies in the departments of rural 
sociology and animal husbandry brings the 
total number of positions to an even hundred. 
Of this number, thirty-eight are listed as full- 
fledged professors, thirty-three as assistant 
professors, and twenty-five as instructors. Two 
members have the status of supervisor or 

Twenty Have Ph.D. Degree 

Twenty or over one-fifth of the faculty have 
attained the honor of Ph.D. Among these 
degrees, Yale has conferred three and Harvard, 
Clark, Cornell, Johns Hopkins and the Univer- 
sity of Wisconsin two each. 

The degrees of Master of Science or Master 
of Arts are held by thirty-five members or over 
one-third of the Aggie staflf excluding those 
holding doctor's degrees. Among these, four 
received them from Harvard, four from the 
University of Wisconsin, four from our Alma 
Mater, three from Kansas Agricultural College 
and two each from Brown, Columbia and Cornell. 
A striking sidelight reveals the fact that Pro- 
fessors Waugh, Sears and Thompson of the horti- 
cultural department received their bachelor's 
degrees from Kansas Agricultural College in 
1891, 1892 and 1893 respectively. All three men 
also received their master's degrees from this 
same institution. 

The bachelor's degrees represented in this 
group include mostly those of B.Sc, B.A. and 
B.Agr. ft is interesting to note that of the 
ninety-eight faculty members twenty-three re- 
ceived their bachelor's degree from M.A.C., 
while four master's degrees and two doctor's 
degrees have been conferred upon as many 
faculty members by M.A.C. Forty-eight col- 
leges and universities are represented in the 
group of faculty holding advance degrees, 
among which are two German institutions. 

Ten years ago the faculty at Aggie numbered 
only seventy-six and the lists concerning the 
distribution of degrees was practically the same 
as it is today. 

M.A.C. Leads in Degrees Conferred 

In considering the geographical location of 
institutions from which the various members 
of the staff were originally graduated, it is 
found that the distribution is as follows: 

M.A.C 23 

Other N. E. colleges . . . .22 
N.Y., Pa., and N.J. colleges . . 15 
Other colleges west of N.Y. and Pa. 27 
In the matter of seniority of degrees, also, 
these facts bring out some interesting points. 
Four members of the faculty were graduated 
from college at some time between the decade 
1880 and 1890. The majority of them com- 
pleted their college courses between 1900 and 
1920. This is the list: 

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President Lewis Honored— Successor Announced 

Dr. Roscoe VV. Thatcher 



)Scoe W. T^i -ji director of the New 
ite .'\gricu'j| |Leriment Station at 

and of the Lornell University Experi- 

Dr. Roscoe 
York Stat 

Geneva and of the'Lornefl University Expen 
ment Station at Ithaca, will become the tenth 
president of M.A.C. when he succeeds Presi- 
dent Edward M. Lewis to that office September 
1. In accordance with the vote of the Board 
of Trustees of the college at its meeting on 
June 13, Dr. Thatcher was notified of the 
action of that body and immediately indicated 
his acceptance of the post. 

Native of Ohio 

Dr. Thatcher's wide experience and high 
standing in the educational and agricultural 
fields mark him as a man particularly well 
qualified to effectively administer the affairs of 
the college. Born on a farm in Medina County, 
Ohio, in 1872, he moved with his parents to 
Nebraska when thirteen years of age. He took 
advantage of what was then offered in the way 
of education in the public schools, and although 
equipped with but one year of high school 
preparation, he found himself a student in the 
University of Nebraska at the age of twenty. 
He received his degree from this university in 
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Three hundred thirty-one alumni, the largest 
group to return for commencement since 
the semi-centennial celebration in 1921, gathered 
on Aggie's campus, Saturday, June 11. Forty- 
seven of the fifty-six classes, many in colorful 
and unique costumes, were represented among 
those in attendance according to the official 
registration figures. 

'71 Wins '14 Attendance Cup 

Honors for having the largest percentage of 
living graduates at the reunion went to '71, the 
pioneer class, with six out of nine graduates 
present; while 'S3 was a close second with 63 
percent and '82 third with 58 percent. Presen- 
tation of the cup was made during the baseball 
game by Leon E. Smith '14. The class of '17 
returned to the campus in the largest numbers, 
with 38 members of the class present. 

The oldest alumnus in attendance was Wilson 
M. Tucker w'71 of Monson, Mass. Mr. Tucker 
was born in September 1847. For the greatest 
distance traveled honors were fairly evenly 
divided between Stuart D. Samson '13 of 
Hermosa Beach, and Arthur L. Chandler '19 
of Los Angeles, both in California. Alumni 
came from each of the New England States 
and in addition the states of Florida, Illinois, 
Kansas, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, 
North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and South 
Dakota were represented. 

A Debt-Free Memorial 

.•\t the business meeting of the Associate 
Alumni many notable events took place. 
Through the generosity of John B. Minor '73, 
Belton A. Copp w'73. President Edward M. 
Lewis, and several others it was announced that 
by the middle of August the $1800 debt on the 
Memorial Building would be cancelled in full. 

The painting of Dean George F. Mills was 
presented to the college by Dr. Frederick 
Tuckerman '78, representing the alumni, who 
spoke in never-to-be-forgotten words regarding 
the life of one of M.A.C. 's "most honored and 
best beloved teachers and officers". President 
Lewis accepted the portrait in behalf of the 

President Lewis Honored 

President Lewis was pleasantly surprised by 
having conferred upon him a life membership 
in the Associate Alumni of M.A.C. through its 
spokesman, Charles H. Gould '16. In his 
farewell address to the alumni President Lewis 
urged them to help uphold the high standards 
of the college at all costs. 

Gymnasium Project Authorized 

Important among the items of business con- 
ducted by the alumni was the approval of the 
plan for conducting a campaign to obtain 
a physical education building for the college. 
The plan of campaign will soon be placed in 
the hands of a conmiittee of three alumni 
under the direction of the board of directors of 
the association. 

Officers of the association for the coming 
year were elected as follows: Pres., Philip F. 
Whitmore '15; Vice-Pres., S. Lothrop Daven- 
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The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, June 25, 1927 


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Entered as second class matter, March 17 
1930. at the Postoffice at Amherst, Mass. 
■Oder the Acts of March 3, 1879. 

William L. Doran "15, Chairman 


Roland H. Verbeck '08 

Linus H. Jones '16 

Richard W. Svith '21 

Luther B, Arrington '23 

Earle S. Carpenter '24 

Miss Mary Foley '24 

Elmer E. Barber '26 

Ernest S. Russell '16. ex officio 

William I. Goodwin '18, ex officio 

Address all communications to The Alumni Office, M. A. C. Amherst, Mass. 



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port '08; Sect., Sumner R. Parker '04; Treasurer, 
Clark L. Thayer '13; and members of the board 
of directors for four years. Dr. Charles A. 
Peters '97, Atherton Clark '77, Ernest S. Russell 
'16, and Stewart P. Batchelder '19. 

Class and Club Gatherings 

Three hundred and ninety-five alumni and 
friends gathered by classes at Draper Hall for 
annual alumni dinner after which all partici- 
pated with evident enjoyment in the remainder 
of the program for the day, including class 
meetings, the band concert, alumni speaking, 
the alumni parade, baseball game, class ban- 
quets and luncheons and the commencement 

Sunday morning found many alumni assem- 
bled for the annual- breakfasts at Draper Hall 
with either the Varsity Club or the Alumni 
Academic Activities Club. At the former 
gathering "M" certificates were conferred upon 
the members of the 1881 and 1885 football 
teams and many tales of olden days were re- 
called. At the Academics Club breakfast the 
chief topics of discussion were the College Song 
Contest, which has been extended indefinitely, 
and plans for more extended tours for the 
college glee and dramatic clubs. 

87 Degrees Conferred 

Many alumni remained for the graduation 
exercises on Monday, June 13, when 87 degrees, 
including advance and honorary credentials 
were bestowed, and the many special prize 
awards were made. The honorary degree of 
doctor of laws was conferred upon President 
I Lewis, it being the first honorary degree ever 
given by M.A.C. Another pleasant surprise of 
the day was the announcement of the election 
of Dr. Roscoe W. Thatcher as the new president 
of M.A.C. and of his acceptance of the post. 




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1898, after having earned the greater part of 
the cost of his education. Then followed a year 
of teacliing in a Nebraska high school and two 
years as an assistant chemist at the Nebraska 
^ Agricultural Experiment Station. In 1901 he 
continued his work as a chemist at the Wash- 
ington State Experiment Station, where his 
abilities were recognized to the extent that he 
became the director of the station and also 
served the state college at Pullman in various 
other important positions. 

Dean at U. of Minnesota 
The University of Minnesota called him to 
its staff in 1913, and there he worked his way 
upward fron the position of professor of chem- 
istry to that of dean of the department of 
agriculture and director of the experiment 

Since 1921 Dr. Thatcher has served as direc- 
tor of the New York State Experiment Station 
and in 1923 was also made director of the 
Cornell University Experiment Station. He is 
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Meets Southern Alumni 

Sumner R. Parker '04, secretary of the Asso- 
ciate Alumni, traveling as its delegate to the 
14th Annual Conference of the Association of 
Alumni Secretaries which was held on April 28 
to 30 at the University of North Carolina, Chapel 
Hill, N. C, was entertained enroute by the 
alumni groups of Washington, D. C, and North 

In Washington, on April 27, Mr. Parker met 
a group of alumni at the New Harvest Inn, 
where a luncheon and brief business meeting was 
conducted. Those present at this gathering 
were: Allen '85, Callanan '19, Clay '14, Hotis 
'15, Hooker '99, Knight '02, Whitney '25, 
Wellington '08, and Mendum '10.,.- The affairs 
of the Association were discussed and the chief 
item of business conducted was the decision of 
the Washington Alumni Club to conduct a 
campaign among its members to help cancel 
the note on the Memorial Building, a step 
which since has resulted in lifting a considerable 
portion of the debt. 

On Saturday evening, April 30, Mr. and 
Mrs. C. G. Mackintosh '21 invited Mr. Parker 
and the alumni in North Carolina to meet with 
them at their home. Those present, in addition 
to Mr. Parker, were; Mitchell '18, Willis '09, 
Buckley '25, Roser '23, Tillson '21, Fish '25, 
Mackintosh '21 and Hill '23. Many subjects 
of interest to all were discussed and recom- 
mendations for a more united alumni were 

At the meeting of the Association of Alumni 
Secretaries of which organization our association 
is a member and which Mr. Parker was dele- 
gated to attend, a wide and interesting field of 
subjects were discussed. Although it is not 
possible to present a complete report of the 
discussions conducted at the gathering in this 
issue of the Bulletin, important among the 
topics were the development of alumni spirit 
before graduation, the college chapel problem, 
commencement ceremonies, college publicity, 
alumni extension service, advertising in alumni 
publications, the alumni intercollegiate hotels 
project, financial campaigns, the aims and 
principles of alumni work, scholarships and 
local alumni clubs. 

Action was taken to amalgamate the three 
associations, namely, the Association of Alumni 
Secretaries, the Alumni Magazines Associated 
and the Association of Alumni Funds, into one 
organization called the American Alumni Council. 

An invitation was 'extended jointly by the 
alumni organizations of Mt. Holyoke College, 
Smith College, Amherst College and M.A.C. to 
hold the next session of the Council in Amherst. 

F. K. Barrows, Sect, of '73 

F. K. Barrows '73 of 47 High St., Brattleboro, 
Vt. was recently named secretary of the Class of 
1873 by Walter S. Leland, president of the Class. 
Mr. Barrows' appointment fills the vacancy 
caused by the recent death of Dr. Charles 

Dr. Charles S. Howe '78 

Awarded Cleveland Medal 

Dr. Charles S. Howe '78, president of the 
Case School of Applied Science, Cleveland, 
Ohio, was awarded the Cleveland Chamber of 
Commerce Public Service Medal at Cleveland 
April 19. 

The award was made to Dr. Howe in his 
twenty-fifth year as president of the Case 
School. He has been connected with the edu- 
cational institution for thirty-eight years, 
taking the chair of professor of mathematics 
and astronomy in 1889 and the presidency in 
1902, as second president of the school. This 
medal was given him because as a teacher, 
administrator and citizen "he has illustrated and 
embodied the highest qualities of noble character 
and public service". 

The Cleveland medal is a signal honor for 
one to receive sinfe there are but eight other 
men besides Dr. Howe who have received the 
award. Newton D. Baker, war-time secretary 
under President Wilson, was equally honored at 
the time Dr. Howe received the award. 

In addition to being a graduate of M.A.C, 
Dr. Howe has advanced degrees from Wooster 
College, Armour Institute, Mt. Union College 
and Oberlin, which include the Ph.D., Sc.D., 
and LL.D. He is also a member of the Phi 
Kappa Phi society. 

Louis Brandt '10 Makes Mark in 
Landscape Work 

Louis Brandt, now mayor of Fulford, Fla., 
came to Aggie from Everett, Mass., and gradu- 
ated with the class of 1910, majoring in land- 
scape gardening. He then went to Minneapolis 
and worked in the park department. Presently 
he found himself instructor in landscape gar- 
dening at the University of Illinois. From here 
he went abroad for travel and study and took 
a course at the Institute of Civic Design and 
Town Planning in Liverpool. He was one of 
the first students to receive a certificate in 
town planning from this famous institution. 

Active in Florida 

Returning to this country he took up the 
practice of landscape architecture in Cleveland, 
Ohio, where he was connected with a number of 
real estate developments. A few years ago he 
fell in with the procession moving towards 
Florida and has for some time been active in 
the work in the Miami region. 

One of the largest pieces of work with which 
he is now connected is the town planning for 
the city of Opa-Locka. He is also chief designer 
for the Florida Everglades Exposition, which it 
is hoped will be ready for the public by January 

Is Mayor of Fulford 

Fulford, of which Louis Brandt is mayor, is 
one of the growing booming suburbs of Miami, 
and has been recently incorporated. The present 
activities of the mayor are therefore diverse and 
strenuous, including the preparation of new 
ordinances for the management of city business, 
the preparation of zoning laws, organization of 
new city departments, planning new physical 
developments, opening new boulevards and 
lighting systems, besides the regular campaign 
of advertising which seems to be a part of life 
in Florida. F. A . Waugh. 

Opportunities for Foreign Study 

Announcement is made by the Institute of 
International Education of several scholarships 
for qualified American college graduates for the 
year 1927-28 at various French and Czecho- 
slovakian universities. Opportunities for study in 
many European countries during the summer 
of 1927 are also announced. 

Those interested in applying for foreign 
scholarships or study should write for ffirther 
information to the Institute of International 
Education, 2 West 45th St., New York City. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, June 25, 1927 

'71, The Pioneer Class 

1912 in Brilliant Costume 



The varsity baseball team closed its season 
on Saturday, June 11, with seven victories to 
its credit by winning games from Williams, 
W.P.l., VVesleyan, Clark, Lowell Textile, New 
Hampshire and Amherst. In three other games 
our opponents won by only one point. The 
commencement game against Amherst was a 
pitchers' battle until the eighth inning when a 
passed ball started things in Aggie's favor. The 
final score was M.A.C. 2, Amherst 1. 

At the commencement game "Prexy" Lewis 
pitched the first ball, a perfect strike, to James 
S. VVilliamf '82 of Glastonbury, Connecticut. 
Amherst scored in the first inning but after 
that Aggie prevented any further attempts to 
score. Nicholp of Amherst hurled hitless balls 
until the fifth inning and Nash '27 pitched one 
of the best games of his career. Other seniors 
who "played well in their final appearance were : 
"Ray" Griffin, center field; "Eddie" Haertl, 
second base; "Larry" Briggs, catcher, who will 
be freshman coach next year; and Captain 
McVey, first base. 

Track - 

Although the Aggie track team scored a 
majority of first places against Tufts in the 
meet at Tufts 0\'al, May 28, not enough 
seconds and thirds were secured and the contest 
went to our rivals 69 to 66. Schappelle, Henne- 
berry and Swan starred for Aggie. First places 
were recorded for M.A.C. in the following 
events: 440 yard dash, 880 yard run, mile run, 
120 yard high hurdles, 220 yard low hurdles, 
pole vault and shot put. 


The Interfraternity Conference recently passed 
a series of penalties to be inflicted on any fra- 
ternity which breaks the rushing rules deter- 
mined by that organization. For slight in- 
fringements the fraternity will lose its vote in 
the conference for a time. More serious breaks 
will result in a public reprimand and a demand 
for public apology through the Collegian. Still 
greater infringements will mean the breaking of 
the freshman's pledge and the greatest penalty 
will be an oificial reprimand from the President 
of the College to the national organization and 
the local officers. A "trial board" is inaugurated 
to try all cases of unfair ruslung. 

The Class of 1918 has formed a campus 
committee to assist in the plans for the tenth 
reunion of the Class in 1928. Howard Russell, 
president of the class, is already busy securing 
data concerning the 1918 men in preparation for 
the big event a year hence. 

The Massachusetts Press Association, an 
organization of newspaper men from all parts 
of the state, visited the college on May 9. 
Luncheon was served in Draper Hall and a 
tour of the campus was included in the pro- 
gram. The visit of these newspapermen was a 
result of an invitation extended to them by 
President Lewis following his address at a 
recent meeting of the association in the new 
Hotel Statler, Boston. 


Data Wanted — 

History of Aggie Athletes 

Alumni or anj' persons having knowledge of, 
or who can advise relative to the source of 
information concerning the following Aggie 
athletes, are requested to communicate at 
once with the Alumni Office. 

In writing, answers to the following items 
are desired: 

1. Please give the month and year of death 
of the following men: George D. Allen'* w'82, 
Augusto L. de Almeida* '87, John A. Davis 
w'99, Edward J. Dole* w'88, William Fletcher* 
'92, Robert P. Nichols* w'96, and Frank L 
Parker* w'94. 

2. Please indicate whether the following men 
are alive or dead, and if dead, give date of and 
cause of death. If not known to be living or 
dead, indicate date last heard from and last 
address: Dr. Henry L. Clarke w'82, and Henry 
E. Walker* w'OO. 

*Please give present or last known occupation. 

A new system of assigning positions under the 
student labor bureau is to be tried next year. 
Only a few seniors will actually be placed ,by 
the committee on student employment and the 
rest of the sUidents will simply receive a care- 
fully determined rating and left to their own 
devices to get the position they wish. 

Sir John Russell, noted British agricultural 
scientist and present director of the world- 
renowned Rothampsted Agricultural Experi- 
ment Station at Harpenden, England, was a 
lecturer at the College, May 31. 

Military training has grown in popularity 
under the commanding officer. Major N. Butler 
Briscoe. This year sixteen seniors and twenty- 
one juniors took the advanced course, and eighty- 
eight sophomores and 137 freshmen the basic 
course. Robert C. Ames '27 of Vineyard Haven, 
ranked as major, was the commanding cadet 
officer. Fourteen members of the class of '27 
were commissioned second lieutenants in the 
cavalry branch of the organized reserves. 

1928 Reunion Schedule 

Classes of '78, '88, '97, '98, '99, '00, 
'03, '07, '08, '09, '10, '18, '23, '25, '27 
and others. Plan Now. 

The Roister Doisters 

"Captain Applejack", the 1927 Commence- 
ment Show given by the Roister Doisters, 
proved its popularity before a capacity house 
in Bowker Auditorium, Saturday evening, June 
11, Neil C. Robinson '27, taking the leading 
role, held command of the stage practically 
throughout the entire play; while Miss Hilda 
M. Goller '27 and Donald H. Campbell '27 
also appeared for the last time in a Roister 
Doister production. All parts were laudably 

The Ynkhorne 

The Yvkhortte, a literary prodigy of a group 
of students of the college, was distributed on 
the campus during commencement week. It 
appears as a neat booklet containing prose and 
verse — creative writing, well done. Gratuitous 
copies of this publication may be obtained from 
the Alumni Office as long as the supply lasts. 
Please inclose postage. 

Memorial Gifts 

Members of the class of '76 will be interested 
to know that through the kindness of Dr. 
Joseph E. Root '76 autographed likenesses of 
each member of the class now hang in the '76 
corner of the alumni room in Memorial Hall. 
The individual photographs which were taken 
over fifty years ago are all mounted together in 
one frame. Above this frame hangs the time- 
honored '76 banner and below it a framed 
group picture of the eleven members of the 
class who attended their fiftieth reunion last 
June, winning at that time the class of '14 
Attendance Cup. 

The Associate Alumni is much indebted to 
Miss M. Louise Brewer, sister of Mr. Charles 
Brewer '77, for the donation of her brother's 
class album to the Memorabilia Collection in 
the Library. The album is rare in that it con- 
tains autographed photos of the graduates of 
the class of '77, the pictures being taken prior 
to the graduation of the class from College. 

Many other gifts for the memorial collections 
of the college have been received from alumni 
during the past year^ among which may be 
mentioned rare photographs and books from 
David O. Nourse '83, Robert A. Cochran w'82 
and Henry M. Thomson '92. 

The Index Collection 

The following Indexes are needed for 
the collection in Memorial Hall: 1910, 
1911, 1915, 1918, 1919, 1921, 1924, 
1925, and 1926. Alumni who care to 
donate any of the above copies may be 
assured that such contributions will be 
gratefully received by the Alumni Office. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, June 25, 1927 


'24 Leon A. Regan writes that he is with 
the sales department of Bird & Sons, (Walpole, 
Mass.), expecting some day to induce folks to 
buy real roofing and building materials. His 
home address is 784 Washington St., Walpole, 
Mass. , . , , 

'24 Albert J. Tetreault is employed on 
landscape and engineering work with the 
Eastern Cuba Sugar Corporation, Central 
"Moron", Pina, Camaguey, Cuba. 

'24 Thomas Varnum, Jr., has added his 
name to the long roll of Aggie alumni who are 
in educational work in Massachusetts. He is 
teaching in the Hopedale High School and lives 
at 98 Dutcher St., Hopedale, Mass. 

w'24 Vera I. Smith is engaged in teaching 
biology and physics at Northfield Seminary. 
She gives her address as Marquard Hall, East 
Northfield, Mass. 

'25 Bradford Armstrong recently accepted a 
position with the California Fruit Exchange at 
their New York Office, 204 Franklin St., New 
York City. His personal address is now 55 
Hanson Place, Box 1074, Brooklyn, New York. 

'25 "Sol" Gordon, who has completed his 
graduate work at B. U. is now instructor of 
chemistry at the Pre-Medical School of the 
Massachusetts College of Medicine and Surgery, 
Boston, Mass. . . 

'25 John S. Lacey has resigned his position 
at Smith Academy, Hatfield, Mass., and is now 
employed in Holyoke. 

'25 Emily G. Smith recently accepted the 
position of Assistant Girls' Club Leader in 
Middlesex County. Her headquarters are at 
740 Main St., Waltham, Mass. 

'25 & '26 Word has been received from 
George and Mary Boyd Hanscomb that they 
are planning to spend the summer in Amherst 
and to attend the summer school of landscape 
gardening at M.A.C. 

'25 & '26 "Pat" Holbrook and "Red Potter 
have a bachelor's apartment at Suite 10, 84 The 
Fenway, Boston. They were both recent visitors 
on the qampus. 

'26 Harry E. Eraser recently accepted a new 
position as a superintendent of landscape 
engineering for the Warren Manning office. 
Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass. 

w'27 E. Lincoln Murdough is now employed 
by the Farr Nursery Company, Weiser Park, 
Womelsdorf, Pa. joining foraes with a large 
group of Aggie alumni employed there. 

sp.'lS Louis L. Morse is a woolen jobber at 
68 Essex Street, Boston. He holds the rank of 
captain of the infantry in the 26th Division 
Headquarters, Mass. N. G. 


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the author of numerous bulletins and reports 

In the field of agricultural chemistry. His book 

on "The Chemistry of Plant Life" is particularly 

well known as a text book. 

He has received the honorary degree of doctor 
of agriculture from the University of Nebraska 
and that of doctor of laws from Hobart College. 

In addition to these honors. Dr. Thatcher 
was selected in 1924 by President Coolidge as 
the only eastern member of the Agricultural 
Conference Committee to report on the needs 
of agriculture, not to mention many other 
similar calls and duties which have met his 
attention from time to time, such as the presi- 
dency of the American Society of Agronomy. 

First greetings from alumni to president-elect 
Thatcher were extended by twenty-five members 
of the M.A.C. Club of Washington, D. C. at a 
comphmentary luncheon at the Cosmos Club, 
Washington, D. C, Thursday, June 16. J. W. 
Wellington '08, president of the club, was 
master of ceremonies and Dr. Thatcher was 
introduced by Dr. E. W. Allen '85. Greetings 
to Dr. Thatcher from the college were extended 
by Director S. B. Haskell '04. 


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Decade Number of Graduates 

1S80— 1890 

. 4 


. 11 


. 26 


. . . 26 


. . . 20 

Dr. J. B. Lindsey '83 in Service 35 Years 

Longevity of serivci under the same institu- 
tion is also sometimes a criterion of the strength 
of any teaching staff. M.A.C. has retained two 
men on the teaching staff for thirty years or 
more. Six men have served the college over a 
period of twenty to twenty-eight years; eighteen 
men over a period of ten to nineteen years; 
while thirty-three men and three women have 
seen service at M.A.C. ranging from less than 
one to ten years. 

The three men now on the staff whose periods 
of service to M.A.C. began prior to 1900 to- 
gether with the year of their appointment are: 
Dr. Joseph B. Lindsey, 1892; Prof. John E. 
Ostrander, 1897, and Dr. Henry T. Fernald, 

A comparison of the M.A.C. teaching group 
with comparable groups in the other land grant 
colleges of New England shows that Aggie has 
the higher percentage of doctor's degrees and that 
the college is equally well supplied with holders 
of master's and bachelor's degrees. 

The "Line-up" 

The list of those who hold full professorships, 
together with the names of the institutions from 
which they received advance degrees, their 
particular field of activity and year of original 
appointment at M.A.C. follows: 







Edward M. Lewis 



M.A.C. and 



Josepti B. Lindsey 





Jolin E. Ostrander 




Henry T. Fernald 


U. of Maine 




Frank A. Waugli 


Kansas A. C 

Landscape Gardening 

A. Vincent Osmun 




Clarence E. <^rdon 





Fred C. Sears 


Kansas A. C 


James A. Foord 



Farm Management 

A. A. iVIackimmie 




Sociology and Economics 

Edgar L. Ashiley 



iVIodern Language 

A. E. Cance 


U. of Wis. 

U. of Wis. 

Agricultural Economics 

Joseph F. Chamberlain 


Iowa A. C. 




John C. Graham 



G. Chester Crampton 



Berlin U. 



Charles A. Peters 




Oorge E. Ciage 




Bacteriology and 


William L. Machmer 


Franklin and 

IVIathematics (Dean) 


Arthur N. Julian 



Curry S. Hicks 


Mich. State 

Physical Education 

Nor. Col. 

Walter W. Chenoweth 


U. of Mo. 

Horticultural M'f'res 

U.of Valparaiso 

Harold M. Gore 


Physical Education 

Christian L Gunness 


Rural Engineering 

Charles H. Thompson 


Kansas A. C 


John B. Lentz 


U. of Penn. 

Veterinary Science 

Charles H. Patterson 




Arthur B. Beaumont 




Ralph A. VanMeter 



Edna L. Skinner 


Mich. State 

Home Economics 


Winthrop S. Welles 




'20 Joseph R. Sanborn. "Essential Food 
Substances in the Soil." In Journal oj Bacteri- 
ology. February 1927. 

'25 George W. Hanscomb of Ortega, Fla. 
"City Planning and the Landscape Arhcitect." 
In Florida Engineer and Coyitractor. October 

'25 Adrian D. Barnes. "Plant Materials 
at Miami City Cemetery." An illustrated 
article in the April number of Parks and Rec- 
reation, April 1927. 

F Victor A. Rice. "The Service of Science 
in Animal Breeding." In Breeder's Gazette. 
January 6, 1927. 

F John H. Vondell. "Changes in Brooding 
Methods." In Neiv England Homestead. Feb- 
ruary 5, 1927. 

F Hubert W. Yount. "Taxation of Farm 
Values." In Instruction to Assessors, Bulletin 
of November 7, 1926 from State Department 
of Corporations and Taxation (Massachusetts). 

F Richard E. MuUer. "The Little Green- 
house and Where It Goes." In Garden and 
Home Builder. March 1927. 

F J. G. Archibald. "The Mineral Require- 
ments of Dairy Cows". Mimeographed. 

FAB. Beaumont. "Some Devices and 
Methods in the Teaching of Soils". In Journal 
American Society of Agronomy, Nov., 1926. 

F C. R. Fellers. "Fish Preservation by 
Hypochlorites." In Univ. of Washington Pub- 
lications in Fisheries, Vol. 1, No. 10. "Legis- 
lation Relating to Fruit and Vegetable Preserva- 
tion." Reprinted from American Journal of 
Public Health, No. 1926. 

F H. T. Fernald. "Applied Entomology", 
2nd edition. McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., New 
York City, January, 1926. 

F Lorien P. Jefferson. "The Balance of 
Trade in Farm Products." In Jourrml of Farm 
Economics, October, 1926. 

The Aggie Book 

The Aggie Book, a large photographic album 
portraying the major branches of study offered 
by the College, student activities and alumni 
accomplishments, is now ready for exhibit 
purposes. The book is artistically prepared 
and may be set up on the rack which accom- 
panies it Ln a 4 X 2i foot space. The College 
would like to place this book on exhibit in high 
schools or public libraries for suitable periods 
of time. Application for the loan of this book 
or for further information concerning it may 
be made to the Field Secretary, M.A.C. 

Movie Scenes of Aggie Life 

Several moving picture reels showing actual 
happenings on the M.A.C. campus are also 
ready for use at small gatherings of people who 
are interested in learning more about the 
College. These are 16 mm. reels for use with 
the Cine-Kodak or Filmo moving picture 
equipment. They may be borrowed by anyone 
who has equipment of these types available, or 
arrangements may be made with the Field 
Secretary, M.A.C, to send the pictures, to- 
gether with a spokesman, projector and oper- 
ator to approved meetings. 

Clark L. Thayer 

Sidney B. Haskell 

Laurence R. Grose 

William C. Sanctuary 

Harry N. Click 

Agricultural Education 
N. Butler Briscoe. Major, Cav. U.S.A. 

Military Science 
Wallace F. Powers 1925 Clark 

Julius H. Frandsen 1926 Iowa State 

Animal and Dair>' 




1920 Harvard 

and Columbia 


Northwestern U. of III. 



Vol. IX. 

Return Postage 

Amherst, Massachusetts, Sept. 26, 1927 ''"•^^fs^'oL°cia"mamr''"- No. 2 


Saturday, October 22, 1927 

Meetings .\nnounced — Attend Nearest 

Radio Program from WBZ 

Saturday, October 22, has this year been 
designated as World Aggie Night. It is the 
ninth annual affair of its kind for M.A.C. 

Twenty-five meetings are already definitely 
arranged. The time and place of these meet- 
ings, in so far as the information is available 
are listed below. Towns where it is e.xpected 
that meetings will be held are also given. Each 
chairman of the different Aggie groups is busy 
in an attempt to make his meeting the most 
successful of them all. Every Aggie man and 
woman should attend the nearest meeting. If 
you feel that a meeting should be held in your 
locality, write the Alumni Office at once for 
complete information. 

A radio program will be broadcast from 
station WBZ between the hours of 9:15 and 10 
p. m., October 22. The details of the program, 
while not definitely arranged will include a talk 
by our new "Prexy" Roscoe W. Thatcher and 
musical numbers by artists well-known to Aggie 

World Aggie Night is the time for neighbor- 
hood meetings of M.A.C. alumni. Make ar- 
rangements for an alumni gathering in your 
town and send to the Alumni Office for address 
lists for those who reside near you. 

De6nitely Arranged Meetings 
The meetings definitely arranged together 
with the chairmen in charge are: 
California — Los Angeles — Clarence H. Griffin 

'04,2111 S.San Pedro St., Los Angeles, Cal. 
Connecticut — Hartford — Peter J. Cascio '21, 

IS W. Beacon St., Hartford. Conn. 
D. C. — Washington — Samuel W. Mendum '10, 

218 Channing St., N.E., Washington, D.C. 
Florida — Orlando — George M. Campbell '20, 

2.528 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, Fla. The 

meeting will be at 7:15 p. m., San Juan 

Hotel, Orlando. Fla. 
Indiana — Lafayette — Dr. Oscar G. Anderson 

'13, Purdue Univ., Lafayette, Ind. 
Louisiana — New Orleans — Conrad L. Wirth 

'23, ()3.5 Common St., New Orleans, La. 
Maine — Portland — Dr. George Goldberg w'12, 

453 Congress St., Portland, Me. Meeting 

at 7 p. m., Eastland Hotel. 
Massachusetts — Concord — James W. Dayton 

'13, 740 Main St., Waltham, Mass. Aleet- 

ing at 7 p. m. Colonial Inn, Concord, Mass. 
Springfield— Richard R. Hartwell '19, P. O. 

Box 1449, Springfield, Mass. Meeting at 

6:30 p. m,. Hotel Bridg^vay. 
New Bedford — Benjamin A. Gilmore '16, 

Col. Robinson Farm. R.F.D. 1, Box 113, 

New Bedford, Mass. Meeting at New 

Bedford Hotel. 
Pittsfield — Harry J. Talmage '23, Howard 

Block, Pittsfield, Mass. Meeting at 7:.30 

p. m., Grange Hall. 
New Jersey — Newark — Herbert J. Baker '11, 

232 Harrison Ave., New Brunswick, N. J. 

and Lyman G. Schermerhorn '10, 109 N. 

Sixth Ave., Highland Park, New Brunswick, 


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1927 Football 

Sept. 24 — Bowdoin at Brunswick 
Oct. 1 — Bates at Lew iston 

8 — Middlebury at Middlebury 
15 — Williams at Williamstown 
22— W.P.I, at Worcester 

(World Aggie Sight) 
29 — Amherst at .■\niherst 
Nov. 5 — Springfield at Springfield 
12 — Norwich at M.A.C. 
19— Tufts at M.A.C. 

(Alumni Homc-Coniing Day) 

1927 Cross Country 

Oct. 15 — Wesleyan at Middletown 
22 — W.P.I, at Worcester 

( World A ggie Night) 
28 — Harvard at Cambridge 

-B.U. at M.A.C. 
14 — N. E. Intercollegiate Meet at 
Franklin Field, Boston 



To the Alumni of M.A.C: 

I am glad for this opportunity to say to the 
alumni collectively, as I have said to many of 
\ou individually, that the character and qualit>- 
of the alumni men and women was the largest 
single factor in influencing me to decide to 
accept the call to the presidency of the College. 

I am keenly conscious of the honor of being 
invited to occupy the chair which has been so 
ably filled by nine illustrious presidents of the 
College. I am equally aware of the problems 
with which the new president will be confronted 
by reason of the divided opinions, or at least 
unsettled convictions, of the citizens of the 
State and the trustees and facult\' of the College 
as to what is the wisest and best polic\' for its 
future development. Both of these aspects of 
my new position have been constantly before 
me since I accepted the appointment, and es- 
pecially so during the brief time that I have 
been in the office at M.A.C. 

But back of this mixture of feelings, there is 
a constant source of strength and calmness. It 
is my confidence in the alumni of the College. 
This is no idle expression, prompted by the need 
to present this word of greeting to jou. On the 
contrary, it is a plain unvarnished statement of 
an actual condition of mind on my part. I be- 
lieve the alunmi of this institution is a body of 
exceptional men and women with few peers and 
no superiors among collegiate or university- 
alumni groups in quality of character and in- 
tellect and in loyalty to alma mater. 

It cannot be otherwise than that "Aggie" is 
responsible in part at least for this generally- 
recognized character of its alumni. My task 
then is to do all that I can to see to it that the 
same opportunities to acquire manhood and 
womanhood in addition to technical education 
are maintained in the future as have been in 
the past. Naturally you, who have gone through 
the process and are now in position to judge of 
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Dr. R. W. Thatcher Assumes 

The first assembly of the >ear was important 
not only because it marked the gathering on the 
Aggie campus of 557 students, 184 of whom 
registered in the freshman class, but also be- 
cause it marked the beginning of the adminis- 
tration of Dr. Roscoe W. Thatcher, the tenth 
executive the College has known. 

In his opening address Dr. Thatcher pledged 
his most earnest efforts to make this year a 
successful and happy one for all connected 
with M.A.C. and expressed a desire that the 
traditions of the College be upheld by all. He 
also pointed out that he had found that the 
graduates of M.A.C. were making good in their 
various fields of endeavor everywhere. 
Increased Registration 

The registration figures, while not absolutely 
final, show that there is an increase of 32 stu- 
dents or six percent over that of last year. This 
increase is due almost wholly to the gradual in- 
crease in the number of women students from 
year to year. Twenty-three students were ad- 
mitted to advanced standing this year as trans- 
fers from other institutions. Although final 
figures are not yet available for the registration 
in cither the graduate school or the two-year 
course it is estimated from the number of appli- 
cations received and from previous registration 
figures that there will be an increased number 
of students in each group. F'inal registration 
figures should bring the figure for the total en- 
rollment of students to over 800. 

The following tabulation shows comparative 
registration figures at the opening of College in 
1926 and 1927: 

Class Men Women Total 

'26 '27 '26 '27 '26 '27 
Seniors 77 94 

Juniors 87 84 

Sophomores 117 116 
Freshmen 145 141 

Specials 3 3 

10 20 87 114 

20 25 107 109 

29 31 146 147 

37 43 182 184 

3 3 


429 438 96 119 525 557 

H. A. Ballou '95 Appointed 

Commissioner of Agriculture 

Henry A. Ballou '95, professor of entomology 
and head of the section of entomology and zool- 
ogy in the Imperial College of Tropical Agri- 
culture, St. Augustine, Trinidad, B.W.I., was 
recently appointed Commissioner of Agricul- 
ture for the West Indies by the British govern- 

Professor Ballou has the: honor of being first 
to be appointed to a newly created and impor- 
tant office in the British West Indies, and he 
will still maintain his present connection with 
the Imperial College. His duties will consist in 
travelling and advising the local governments 
and the local agricultural departments of the 
several islands. He will attempt to co-ordinate 
the scientific and agricultural work so as to 
bring about a closer liaison between the depart- 
ments and the Imperial College. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, Sept. 26, 1927 


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Member of The Almniu Magazines Associated 

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Entered as second class matter, March 17 
1B20, at the Postoffice at Amherst, Mass. 
■nder the Acts of March 3, 1879. 

Linus H. Jones '16, Chairman 


Roland H. Verbeck '08 
William L. Dokan '15 
Marshall O. Lanphear '18 
Earle S. Carpenter '24 
Miss Mary Foley '24 
Elmer E. Barber '26 
Philip F. Whitmore '15, ex officio 
William I. Goodwin '18, ex officio 

Address all communications to The Alumni Office, M. A. C, Amherst, Mass. 



Herbert Myrick '82 

Herbert Myrick '82, editor, author and pub- 
lisher, died suddenly of angina pectoris at Bad 
Nauhejm, Germany, July 6, 1927. At the time 
of his death Mr. Myrick was in his sixty-sixth 
year. He had not been in good health for some 
time prior to his death and had sailed for Europe 
in May with the hope that his physical condition 
would be improved by a sojourn at the famous 
German health resort. 

Mr. Myrick was born in Arlington, Mass., 
August 20, 1860. He entered M.A.C. in the fall 
of 1878, graduating with the class of 1882. He 
was a leader among his classmates and possibly 
secured some of his early experience as a pub- 
lisher from his work as business manager of the 
'82 Index. 

Starting with practically no financial re- 
sources and working in a small way for others, 
Mr. Myrick soon had others working for him 
in a large way. His real resources were those of 
venturesomeness, initiative, enterprise, confi- 
dence and personality. He became agricultural 
editor of the New England Homestead upon 
graduation from M.A.C. and worked his way 
to the position of editor-in-chief by 1894. He 
later became president and general manager of 
the Orange Judd Co., and the Phelps Publishing 
Co., as well as president of the Metallic Drawing 
Roll Company. 

His interest in agriculture not only expressed 
itself in his writings, but also in his actions. His 
influence did much to improve the credit situa- 
tion for farmers. He is known as the father of 
the Federal Farm Loan Bill. As a citizen of 
Springfield, he did much to add to the prestige 
of that city. 

In 1885 Mr. Myrick married Miss Elvira L. 
Kenson of Philadelphia, Pa., who, with a son 
and two daughters, survives him. 

Walter S. Leland '73 

Water S. Leland '73, one of M.A.C.'s most 
venerable alumni, passed away in his seventy- 
fifth year after a brief illness at his home in 
Arlington, Mass., on August 21. 

Mr. Leland was born in Sherborn, Mass., 
August 27, 1852. With the class of 1873 he 
entered M.A.C. where his popularity as an under- 
graduate caused him to be chosen class president. 
The latter part of his life, a period of over thirty 
years, was one of service as an officer of the 
Ma.ssachusetts Reformatory at Concord Junc- 
tion. For many years he was assistant deputy 
superintendent of the institution. During his 
last ten years he lived a life of retirement. 

Clifford A. Tinker w'03 

Clifford A. Tinker w'03, writer on aviation 
matters, former lieutenant in the U. S. Naval 
Reserve Forces and architect, died at Garfield 
Hospital, Washington, D. C, following an 

Mr. Tinker was born June 4, 1877 at West 
Fremont, Maine. He entered M.A.C. with the 
class of 1903 but did not complete the course. 

His life interests seemed to lie in military and 
naval matters, although he was a successful 
architect with offices at Springfield for many 

He was a veteran of the Spanish-American 
and World Wars, serving on the stafi of Vice- 
Admiral Sims in London and with the U. S. 
Navy Aviation Forces in England and France 
during 1917 and 1918. He was a member of 
the Royal Societies Club of England and an 
honorary member of the Royal Flying Corps of 

Burial was in Arlington National Cemetery. 


'92 Judson L. Field to Lillian Millar Low at 
Oak Park, 111., May 28, 1927. 

'21 Laurence F. Pratt to Miss Mary Mc- 
Cready at Washington, D. C, June 15, 1927. 
They will reside at 1630 Fuller St., N.W., 
Washington, D. C, after October 15. 

'24 Leland H. Fernald to Miss Christine 
Smith at Brockton, Mass., Sept. 8, 1927. 

'25 Milton W. Taylor to Miss Sadie Perley 
at Amherst, Mass., Sept. 17, 1927; 

'26 Earl Bruorton to Miss Iva Denney at 
Northampton, Mass., June 13, 1927. 

'27 Donald H. Campbell to Miss Helen 
Anne Sazama at New York City, June 18, 1927. 


'17 A daughter, Elizabeth Lynde, to Mr. 
and Mrs. Richard L. Holden, July 1, 1927, at 
Lafayette, Indiana. 

'19 A son, Daniel Drake, to Mr. and Mrs. 
Wilbert D. Field, June 12, 1927, at Canton, 

'21 A son, Frank Talmadge, to Mr. and 
Mrs. George W. Edman, June 14, 1927, at 
Pittsfield, Mass. 

'21 A son, Philip Glenn, to Mr. and Mrs. 
Richard A. Mellon, July 15, 1927, at Lexington, 

The New Alumni Directory 

The 1928 Alumni Directory, which was 
authorized to be published by vote of the 
Association at its June meeting, is now in the 
making. Class lists, including addresses and 
other data, are being mailed to each class 
secretary as fast as they can be prepared. Class 
secretaries are co-operating by checking the 
data sent them. Other alumni can be of assis- 
tance by advising the Alumni Office of any 
recent changes of addresses or occupations of 
alumni which may come to their attention. 

Dates to be Remembered 

Saturday, October 22 — 

World Aggie Night. 
Friday, October 28— 

Inauguration of President Roscoe W. 
Saturday, November 19 — 
Fall Home-Coming Dav. 
Football: Tufts vs. M.A.C. on .Alumni 


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New York— Albany— Webster J. Birdsall '13, 
Dept. of Farms and Markets, Albany, N. 
Y., chairman; Richard W. Smith '17, 
Cambridge, N. Y., secretary. 
Buflfalo— IVIilford H. Clark. Jr., '07 310 W. 
Utica St., Buffalo, N. Y. Meeting at 6:30 
p. m., Mandarin Cafe. 
Ithaca— Di. Edward A. White '95, Dept. of 
Floriculture, Cornell Univ., Ithaca, N. Y. 
Assisted by Fred K. Zercher '21, 539 Colum- 
bus Ave., Syracuse, N. Y. 

North Carolina — High Point — Charles G. 
Mackintosh '21, High Point, N. C. 

Ohio — Cleveland — John A. Crawford '20, 2622 
North Moreland Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio. 
Meeting at 6:30 p. m., University Club. 
Columbus — Murray D. Lincoln '14, 1468 W. 
First Ave., Columbus, Ohio. 

Pennsylvania — Reading — Charles M. Board- 
man '20, Weiser Park, Pa. Meeting at 7:15 
p. m., Thomas Jefferson Inn, Franklin St. 

Rhode Island — Kingston — Carrick E. Wildon 
'16, Rhode Island State College, Kingston, 
R. I. 
Providence — Willis S. Fisher '98, 108 On- 
tario St., Providence, R. I. Meeting at 6:30 
p. m.. Yen Nom Restaurant, 205 Weybos- 
set St. 

Vermont — Bellows Falls — Lawrence A. Bevan 
13, Atkinson St., Bellows Falls, Vt., chair- 
man; John T. Dizer '17, 24 School St., 
Bellows Falls, Vt., Secretary. Meetings at 
7 p.m.. Hotel Windham. 

Washington — Wenatchee — William A. Luce 
'20, Wenatchee, Washington. 

Wisconsin — Madison — William E. Totting- 
ham '03, 2206 W. Lawn Ave., Madison, Wis. 
Appleton— Ralph J. Watts '07, Lawrence 
College, Appleton, Wis. 

It is expected that meetings will also be sclied- 
uled in the following places: Berkeley, Cal. 
New Haven, Conn.; Stamford, Conn.; Denver 
Col.; Atlanta, Ga.; Honolulu, T. H.; Urbana' 
111.; Ames, Iowa; Amherst, Mass.; Brockton^ 
Mass.; Fitchburg, Mass.; Greenfield, Mass. 
Salem, Mass.; Worcester, Mass.; Detroit, Mich. 
Minneapolis, Minn., St. Louis, Mo.; Durham 
N. H.; Newark, N. J.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Pitts 
burgh. Pa.; State College, Pa.; Burlington, Vt. 
Sinaloa, Mexico and probably others. 

Board of Directors Meet 

The Board of Directors of the Association 
presided over by Philip F. Whitmore '15, 
president, met at the College on July 30 and 
conducted the following business: 

1. Elected the Executive Committee for the 
coming year. 

2. Discussed the appointment of a commit- 
tee of three alumni to comprise the Physical 
Education Building Committee. 

3. Voted to continue the present policy re- 
garding the collection of outstanding Memorial 
Building pledges. 

4. Voted that Saturday, November 19, shall 
be Alumni Home-Coming Day and that the 
date for World Aggie Night be set by a special 

5. Voted to invite Pres. Thatcher to meet 
the officers of the Association at a special din- 
ner to be arranged. 


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its worth to you, will be my most trusted and 
most valuable advisers as to the future. 

Changes are inevitable because of the changing 
economic and social conditions of the State. But 
I am relying with great confidence upon your 
aid and advice as to how best we can meet these 
new needs and at the same time build upon 
rather than wreck the traditions and achieve- 
ments of the past. 

Sincerely yours, 

R: W. Thatcher. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, Sept. 26, 1927 



"Kid" Gore called all \arsity gridiron aspir- 
ants together for the first time this season on 
September 7. Forty men responded and from 
present indications there will be more competi- 
tion than usual for regular berths on the varsity 

This season is "Kid's" ninth as \arsity foot- 
ball coach, a worthy record in itself, and it is 
easy for the casual sideline observer to see that 
the 1927 squad is being groomed in a manner 
that will again bring credit to old -'^ggie. In 
assistant coaches the stafT is particularly fortu- 
nate in having the serv'ices of "Larry" Jones '26, 
"Louie" Black '27, and "Larry" Briggs '27 
"Vic" Butterfield, son of former president 
Butterfield and star fullback on the Cornell 
eleven during the past three seasons, has been 
working with the backfield men since the open- 
ing of the season. The staff, of course, would 
not be complete without our loyal alumnus, 
"Pop" Clark '87, who never misses a season of 
Aggie football. 

Alumtii Assist 

The call of the Aggie gridiron has also reached 
many alumni, who at various times have been 
seen doing their bit at practice sessions. "Koly" 
Sawyer '26, "Kcd" .Sullivan '26, "Eddie" Bike 
'24, "Bobby" Barrows '24, "Dick" Fessenden 
'26, "Ken" Salman '24 and "Carl" Cartwright 
'27 have been among those to whom due credit 
should be given. 

The squad itself is a promising one. Experi- 
ence counts, and with ten letter men fighting 
for as many positions on the first string eleven, 
prospects seem bright for a successful season. 
The letter men on the squad are: Cook '28 
(Capt.), Hilyard '28, Quinn '28, Tufts '28, 
Johnson '29, Bowie '29, McKittrick '29, Walk- 
den '29, Kelton '28, and Mills '29. 

Some interesting facts concerning several 
varsity candidates may prove interesting to 
alumni readers. Among the prospects is R. H. 
Bond, Jr. '30, son of R. H. Bond w'87 and 
brother of Herbert R. Bond '19. Other mem- 
bers of the squad who have relatives among 
Aggie alumni are: W. H. Marx '29, brother of 
"Herb" Marx '25; R. S. Mann '30, brother of 
"Al" Mann '26; E. C. Richardson '29, son of 
Evan F. Richardson '87 and brother of "Ham" 
Richardson '26; \V. B. Drew, son of George A. 
Drew '97, and "Joe" Hilyard '28, brother of 
"Norm" Hilyard '23. It should be pointed out 
that practically all of the alumni mentioned 
above were also prominent athletes when they 
were in College. Ralph F. Kneeland, Jr., a 
promising candidate for a backfield position is 
a product sent to M.A.C. by "Dame" Grayson 
'23, now athletic director at Attleboro High 

Freshman Football 

About thirty-five candidates have reported to 
coach Briggs for the freshman team and are 
drilling hard for the first contest with North- 
ampton High on September 30. Among the 
most likely candidates for the 1930 team are P. 
E, Holmberg, former star halfback at Waltham 
High; VV. R. Danglemeyer, another football star 
from the watch city; Norman Myrick, former 
quarterback at Springfield Tech. and brother of 
"Pat" Myrick '24; R. W. Davis, a product from 
Harold Poole's '19, Melrose High squad; F. E. 
Cox, star center for Jamaica Plain High during 
the past four years; Charles Monty, former 
Maynard High star and R. E. Goodrich from 
Amherst High. 

Fall Baseball 

Coach Ball has kept a squad of fifteen base- 
ball candidates busy since the opening of college 
with drills in fundamentals, battery practise and 
base running. "Norm" Nash '27, "Bobby" 
Barrows '24, and "Milt" Taylor '25 were on the 
field recently with the helping hand in coaching. 
The work will continue until cold weather. 


New Appointments 

With the opening of College there comes 
many changes in the faculty ol instruciicn and 
in other divisions of the College staff. Promo- 
tions and appointments among members of the 
faculty are announced as follows: 

Dr. Henry T. Fernald to be director of the 
graduate school. 

Dr. Clarence E. Gordon to be head of the 
division of science. 

Ass't. Prof. Marshall O. Lanphear to be 
assistant dean. 

The new appointments to the faculty of in- 
struction since June are: 

Paul B. Anderson, B.A. Univ. of Minn., 1925 
and M.A. Harvard, 1927, becomes instructor in 

Lewis H. Black, M.A.C. '27, who played a 
strong game at guard on last jear's football 
team, is assistant coach. 

F"rank J. Boden, M.A.C. '27, is now a gradu- 
ate assistant in the department of chemistry. 

Laurence E. Briggs, M.A.C. '27, star catcher 
on last year's baseball team, is now instructor 
in physical education. 

Carlton B. Cartwright, M.A.C. '27, also a 
football star on last year's team is instructor in 
horticultural manufactures. 

Clarence C. Coombs, B.S. L'niv. of Mo., and 
M.L.A. Har\-ard, has been appointed assistant 
professor of landscape gardening. 

Stowell C. Coding, A.B. Dartmouth, 1925, 
A.M. IIar\ard, 1927, former instructor at Rice 
Institute in Texas, is instructor in French. 

Dr. Wilbie S. Hinegardner, Ph.D. Vale, 1927, 
who taught in the summer school at Aggie 
during the past session is now instructor in 
physiological chemistry. 

Eustis L. Hubbard, Major, Cavalry, U.S.A., 
relieves Captain Hughes on the college military 
stafT. He comes direct from the Line and 
General Staff Schools at Fort Leavenworth, 

Recent Resignations 

Membeis of the faculty recently lost to the 
College teaching staff are as follows: 

Prof. Edgar L. Ashby, who, on account of 
poor health, has resigned from the department 
of English and is now residing at his home in 
Foxboro, Mass. 

Ass't Prof. Donald W. Sawtelle has given up 
teaching agricultural economics and has become 
a dirt farmer at Oakland, Maine. 

Ass't. Prof. Richard W. Smith, M.A.C. '21, 
resigned during the suninur months and is now- 
head of the dairy manufacturing department at 
the L'niv. of \ermont. 

Captain Dwight Hughes, Jr. has been trans- 
ferred to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Camp 
Marfa, Texas. 

Ass't. Prof. Leon R. Quinlan is now teaching 
landscape architecture at Kansas State College, 
Manhattan, Kansas. 

Paul W. \'iets has resigned his position as 
supervisor of placement training to accept a 
position with the Plymouth Cordage Company, 
Plymouth, Mass. 

Raymond Halliday, former instructor in 
French, is now connected with the teaching 
staff at Brown University. 

Dr. Frederick R. Butler has resigned to be- 
come an assistant professor of chemistry at 
W.P.I, at Worcester, Mass. 

"Lew" Arrington, M.A.C. '23, is now teach- 
ing floriculture at Penn. State, State College, Pa. 

"Phil" Couhig, M.A.C. '26, has joined the 
teaching staff at Essex County Agric. School as 
director of athletics. 


A fornuil reception was tendered Dr. and 
Mrs. Roscoe W. Thatcher by Dean and Mrs. 
William L. Machmer in Memorial Hall on the 
tvtning of September 9, to which members of 
the facultv were invited. 

The M.A.C. Sunmier School was well attended. 
150 Students were enrolled of which 48 were 
studying for advanced degrees. 

In addition to Farm and Home Week at 
which there was a total attendance of 1208, a 
folk dance school attracted many visitors to 
Aggie's campus this past summer. 

The class of '30 was again victorious in the 
annual sixty-man rope pull across the college 
pond, giving the freshmen a thorough ducking 
before the ten minutes allowed for the contest 
were up. 

Cross Country 

Twenty-five cndidates for the varsity team 
and fifteen for the freshman team give Coach 
Derby a good group of men to work with so 
far as numbers are concerned. As to the quality 
of this year's hill-and-dale men, time alone will 
tell. Of last year's varsity se.xtet, that was un- 
defeated in five straight dual runs, only Captain 

'76 Erects Campus Memorial 

A memorial to the class of '76 was placed on 
the campus early in September through the 
efforts of Dr. Charles VV. McConnell, Dr. Joseph 
E. Root and Mr. Charles A. Judd, all members 
of that class. 

The memorial is a class tree marker consist- 
ing of a bronze tablet mounted on a large 
boulder and is situated on Lincoln Avenue 
opposite the southeast corner of South College. 
■The bronze tablet is suitably inscribed as 

"The sugar maples on both sides of 
this avenue came from Pelham hills in 
1873 and were set by the class of '76." 

Eldred Memorial Prize 

The Trustees of the Frederick Cornelius 
Eldred Memorial Athletic Fund offer, for the 
coming year, a prize of the same amount and 
under like conditions as for 1926-27, namely: 

"A prize of one hundred dollars may be 
awarded at Commencement to that member of 
the senior class who has represented the College 
in intercollegiate athletic contests for a period 
not less than two years, and who has attained 
the highest average standing in scholarship 
during his course." 

E. B. Holland. Clerk, 

For the Trustees 

Special Appointments at Boston 

During the past year a representative from 
the College has been at the State House at 
Boston every Thursday, to answer questions in 
regard to entrance, courses, or other matters 
pertaining to college instruction. Beginning 
Sept. 1, 1927, these office hours will be kept 
only the second and fourth Thursday of each 
month. Any one desiring an interview should 
write to the Dean of the Massachusetts Agri- 
cultural College at Amherst to arrange for an 
appointment. The interviews will be held in 
the General Information Office of the Depart- 
ment of Education between 1:30 and 4 o'clock 
in the afternoon. No guarantee of an appoint- 
ment is made unless it has been arranged for in 
advance through the Dean's Office of the College 
in .Amherst. 

"Charlie" Preston is left this fall. The other 
members of this year's team will probably be 
picked from some of those men who almost 
made the club last year, several members of 
last year's freshman team, and a few new men. 
Some who look like possibilities include: "Joe" 
Forest, hockey captain, "Stan" Hall, relay cap- 
tain last winter, Frank Homeyer, "Bill" f^oper, 
Newell .Schappelle, "Bill" Pldson, George DuttoUj 
Walter Southwick, "Dick" Hernan, and "Don' 

One' of the high lights of the schedule is a 
trip to Cambridge for a race with both the 
varsity and freshman representatives of John 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, Sept. 26, 1927 


'83 Homer J. Wheeler has niovec! from 
Newton Centre, Mass., and is now residing at 
386 North Fullerton Ave., Upper Montclair, N. 
J. He has offices at 419 Fourth Ave., New York 

'92 Francis G. Stockbridge has given up his 
position in North Tarrytown, N. Y. and is 
located temporarily in Dade City, Florida. 

'02 Arthur L. Dacy formerly connected with 
the horticultural departments at M.A.C. and 
U. of West Virginia has accepted a position at 
the Esse.\ County Agricultural School. 

'06 & '24 Louis H. Moseley of Glastonbury, 
Conn., has recently 'oecome teacher of agricul- 
ture at Ashfield, Mass. 

'09 H. Linwood White, former teacher of 
floriculture at the New York State School of 
Agriculture at Canton, N. Y. now holds a 
similar position at the Essex County Agricul- 
tural School. 

'10 Dr. Sumner C. Brooks who resigned as 
professor of physiology at Rutgers Univ. is now 
professor of zoology at the Univ. of California. 
Dr. Brooks will work in the field of experimental 
cellular biology and biophysics. 

'12 Frank B. Hills was a visitor in England 
during the-past summer. 

'12 "Charlie" Whitney is now employed as 
accountant with the Fuller and Warren Co. of 
Troy, N. Y. 

'13 Thomas P. Dooley is president of the 
Mass. Assoc, of Agric. Instructors and Directors. 
Other officers of the association are Edward J. 
Burke '10, George H. Gilbert FG, Clarence M. 
Wood '22 and Hermon T. Wheeler '08. 

'13 Dr. Nils P. Larsen, medical director of 
Queen's Hospital, Honolulu, T. H., has been 
chosen councilor of the Hawaiian Academy of 

'13&'22 "Kid" and Jane Gore report a 
most successful season at Camp Enajerog, Wil- 
mington, Vermont. Thirty-live youngsters at- 
tended camp. The list of camp counselors, which 
was "all Aggie", included: "Red" Ball '21, 
"Charlie" McGeoch '25, "Al" Gustafson '26, 
"Larry" Jones '26, Mr. and Mrs. "Joe" Hil- 
yard '28, "Jack" Quinn '28, "Mat" Blaisdell 
'29, and "Lew" Walker w'29. 

'17 Harold T. Stowell has resigned from the 
staff of the Essex County Agricultural School to 
accept a position as teacher of agriculture at 
Patterson, N. J. 

'18 Roy W. Foster is a leader among the 
townspeople of Wolfeboro, N. H., where he is 
the owner of Lakeland Farm on which there 
are over 1000 bearing apple trees and consider- 
able poultry. 

w'18 Prof. Harold E. Jones is now director 
of research. Institute of Child Welfare, Univ. 
of California. 

'21 George W. Edraan, in addition to being 
a writer par excellence for several Massachusetts 
papers is president of the Town Players, a 
dramatic society of Pittsfield, Mass. 

'21 Frank Kokoski resigned as analytical 
chemist at the Mass. Expt. Sta. last June to 
accept a similar position with the New York 
Experiment Station at Geneva. 

'21 Clifton W. Scott, formerly teacher of 
agriculture at Ashfield, Mass., is now principal 
of the junior high school at Cummington, Mass. 

'23 Paul E. Shuraway has resigned from the 
science department of the high school at Shel- 
burne Falls. 

'23 F. Earle Williams is now principal of 
the high school at Agawam, Mass. 

'23 & '24 Leo J. Fitzpatrick is succeeded as 
teacher of science at the high school in North 
Easton, Mass., by Leon A. Regan. 

'24 "Eddie" Bike, former Aggie football 
star, who last year was successful as physical 
director of Natick (Mass) schools, now has a 
similar position at Gushing Academy. 

'24 "Vic" Cahalane, who is assistant ranger 
in the U. S. Forest Service, is now stationed at 
Marion, N. C, on the Pisgah National Forest 

'24 Mary Foley, who is on the staff of the 
agricultural economics department of the Col- 
lege, "summered" at the L'niv. of Chicago. 

'24 "Sugar" Kane spent the summer as a 
chemist for the National Canners' Association 
in Washington, D. C. 

'24 John Read, after "getting back to 
nature" as assistant director of the New Britain 
(Conn.) Fresh Air Camp during the summer, is 
now teaching in the junior high school at Paw- 
tucket, R. I. 

'24 Harold H. Shepard has been appointed 
assistant entomologist with the Bureau of En- 
tomology, U.S.D.A., at Washington, D. C. He 
received his M.Sc. degree from the Univ. of 
Maryland last June. 

'24 J. Lowell Williams has accepted the 
principalship of the high school at Ashfield, 

'25 Melvin Jack, formerly a teacher in the 
junior high school at New Britain, Conn., is 
now teacher of commercial subjects in the senior 
high school at Taunton, Mass. 

'25 Gordon H. Ward received his M.A. from 
the University of Minnesota last June and is 
now both a graduate student and statistician. 
He is employed on part time as statistician for 
the Pacific Egg Producers Co-operative Associa- 
tion at 176 Duane St., New York City and is 
also studying in the Economics Department of 
Columbia University. He hopes to secure his 
Ph.D. from Minnesota in 1928. 

w'25 May E. Russell who is teaching history 
and literature in the Haverhill High School re- 
ports a change of address to 28 Byron Street, 
Haverhill, Mass. 

'26 Frederic A. Baker is doing landscape 
work in Springfield. His home address is 25 
Harrison Avenue, Springfield, Mass. 

'25 & '27 Leo }•'. Duffy, as teacher of science, 
and Allan Snyder, as mathematics teacher, ably 
represent M.A.C. on the faculty of the high 
school at Shelburne Falls, Mass. 

'26 "Bill" Budge, having completed one year 
of graduate work at Penn. State, applied his 
knowledge in E. Bridge water, Mass., this past 
summer, working for the "Good Humor" Ice 
Cream Company. 

'26 Preston E. Davenport is now in charge 
of Belden Brothers' Colrain Farm which is 
noted for its high grade live stock. 

'26 Francis J. Cormier is taking graduate 
work at the Harvard School of Landscape 
Architecture and hopes to secure his M.L.A. 
degree upon completion of two years of work 

'26 Hatton Langshaw is connected with the 
Granby, Quebec, branch of the Royal Bank of 

'26 Chester W. Nichols is working for the 
Bay State Nurseries, Abington, Mass. 

'27 Russell N. Barnes has joined the staff of 
Olmsted Brothers, landscape architects, with 
headquarters in Brookline, Mass. 

'27 "Bill" Dole is teaching English and 
history in the New Hampton School for boys at 
New Hampton, N. H. 

'27 "Em" Greenaway has been gaining some 
practical experience on "Al" Ricker's farm at 
Turner, Me., during the summer. His perma- 
nent home address is 53 Villa Parkway, Spring- 
field, Mass. He is looking for plenty of news 
from the members of '27. 

'27 Ralph N. Hart has commenced his duties 
as principal of the Hazardville school at Hazard- 
ville, Conn. 

'27 "Bob" McAllister, after spending the 
summer months at Harvard in graduate study, 
is now assistant principal of the high school at 
Newport, Vermont. 

'27 Willis W. Sherman is employed at Char- 
lotte, Vt., in charge of the soft wood nursery 
propagation at Horsford's Nursery, one of the 
largest nurseries in Vermont. 

'27 & '22 William H. Parkin has succeeded 
Abraham Kiasker as instructor of science at 
the Essex County Agricultural School. "Bill" 
was a counselor at Dr. A. W. Gilbert's summer 
camp at West Brookfield, Mass. this past season. 


'89&'82 Burt L. Hartwell and Samuel C. 
Damon. "The Degree of Response of Different 
Crops to Various Phosphorus Carriers." R. I. 
Agr. Expt. S/ri. Bui. 209. 

'92, '19 & '19 Edward B. Flolland, Charles 
0. Dunbar and Gerald M. Gilligan. "Influence 
of Form and Proportion of Lime Us^d and of 
Method of Mixing on the Resulting Bordeaux 
Mixture." In Journal of Agricultural Research, 
Vol. 34, No. 7, Apr. 1, 1917. 

'95 & '09 Albert F. Burgess and Samuel S. 
Grossman. "The Satin Moth, a Recently Intro- 
duced Pest." U.S.D.A. Dept.Bul. 1469. 

'95 Robert A. Cooley. "Montana Insect 
Pests for 1925 and 1926." Mont. Agr. Expt. 
^ta. Bui. 200. 

'18 Harlan N. Worthley. "Reducing the 
Cost of Nicotine Sulphate Sprays." In Jour, 
Econ. Fnt., Vol. 20, No. 4, August, 1927. 

'24 Will A. Whitney, joint author with L. 
L. Harter. "Mottle Necrosis of Sweet Potatoes" 
and "The Relative Susceptibilitj- of Sweet 
Potato Varieties to Stem Rot." In Journal of 
Agricultural Research, Vol. 34, 1927. 

F A new and quite substantial book has just 
been published under the title "Farm Income 
and Farm Life" by the University of Chicago 
Press for the American Country Life Associa- 
tion. This book is made up of the extensive 
studies of a joint committee representing the 
American Country Life Association and the 
American Farm Economics Association. The 
book contains two chapters by Dr. A. E. Cance, 
one on "Lower Standards of Living as Affecting 
Farm Production" and one on, "The Value of 
Non-Economic Motives in Agricultural Produc- 
tion". There is also a chapter by Prof. Frank A. 
Waugh on "The Economic \'alue of the Beauti- 
ful in Rural Life". Former President Butterfield 
also contributes a chapter on "The Measure of 
Rural Progress. 

The Alumni Bookshelf 

In future issues of the Bulletin some space will 
occasionally be devoted to a guide to reading 
which it is hoped its alumni readers and others 
will find useful. New books and articles on 
agriculture and related subjects will be men- 
tioned in this column together with the name 
of the author and publisher. The books in the 
following list are new additions to the M.A.C. 

"Commerce of Agriculture". F. A. Buechel. 
Wiley & Sons. 

"Psychology of Vocational Adjustment". 

H. D. Kitson. Lippincott. 
"Efficient Marketing for Agriculture". 

T. Macklin. Macmillan. 
"Production of Field Crops". 

Hutcheso7i and Wolfe. McGraw. 
"Manual of Dairy Cattle Breeding". 

J. W.Goiven. Williams & Williams. 
"Wilderness Honey". F.L. Pollock. Century. 
"Methods of Descriptive Systematic Botany". 

A. S.Hitchcock. Wiley & Sons. 
"Chemistry of Wood". L. F. Hawley and i. E. 

Wise. Chemical Catalog Co. 
"Football Officiating and Interpretation of the 

Rules". F. A. Lambert. Adams. 
"Laboratory Experiments in Dairy Chemistry". 

1 . 5. Palmer. Wiley & Sons. 
"Elementary Economics". F. R. Fairchild, E. S- 

Furniss and N. S. Buck. Scribners. 

"Animal Ecology with Special Reference to 

Insects". R. M. Chapman. Wiley & Sons. 
"Manufacture of Chemical Manures". 

/. Fritsch. Scott, Greenwood & Son. 
"Agricultural Journalism". 

A^. A . Crauford. Knopf. 
"The Gardner". L. H.Bailey. Macmillan. 
"Forest Management". A.B. Reck?iagel and J. 

Bentley. Wiley & Sons. 
"Clothing; Choice, Care, Cost". Woolmari. ' 




V^ol. IX. 

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Amherst, Massachusetts, Oct. 25, 1927 "'"'"afs^'ond^cia'maue?"'''- No. 3 


World Aggie Night, was celebrated for the 
ninth successive year by probably 800 alumni 
and friends of M.A.C. on Saturday, October 22. 
Meetings were scheduled to take place in thirty- 
two cities throughout the country and, although 
complete reports have not yet been received at 
the Alumni Office from all of these meetings, it 
may be said that the celebration this year was 
most successful. 

Following the custom of many years faculty 
representatives were sent by the College to all 
Massachusetts gatherings; while the alumni of 
Hartford and New Haven, Conn., Providence, 
R. I., and Bellows Falls, \'t. made possible the 
presence of College representatives at their 
meetings. President Thatcher was the guest of 
honor at the meeting in Springfield. At Worces- 
ter the entire personnel of the football and cross 
country squads, including "Kid" Gore '13 and 
track coach, L. L. Derby, with Prof. Curry S. 
Hicks as principal speaker, attended the meet- 
ing. At the latter gathering members of the 
M.A.C. quartet provided entertainment and at 
the former, Aggie students of Bates' Collegian 
orchestra added much to the program. 

Radio Program Broadcast 

Between the hours of 11 and 12 p. m. a radio 
program was broadcast from stations WBZ and 
\\'BZA at Springfield and Boston, Mass. The 
speakers on the radio program were Dr. Arthur 
W. Gilbert, M.A.C. '04, who represented the 
Governor, Alvan T. Fuller and the Common- 
wealth; Philip F. Whilmore '15, president of the 
Associate Alumni of M.A.C. and our new 
"Pre.xy", Dr. Roscoe W. Thatcher. Inter- 
spersed between the speakers was a program of 
songs and music given by Aggie students and 
other entertainers well known to Aggie alumni. 

The personnel participating in the musical 
program was as follows: The M.A.C. Quartet: 
Howard Thomas '28 of Holvoke, John F. Quinn 
'28 of New Bedford, Edwin E. Marsh '28 of 
Pittsfield and Don C. Tiffany '30 of Cambridge. 
The Aggie Trio: Don C. Tiffany '30, pianist; 
Charles W. Manty '31 of Ma>nard, saxaphonist; 
and John R. Guenard, banjoist of Dracut. Mrs. 
Mae Reece Cance, wife of Dr. Alexander E. 
Cance of the faculty, rendered three beautiful 
solos on the violin. She was accompanied on 
the piano by Miss Anna Laura Kidder of Am- 
herst. Bates' Collegians, an orchestra com- 
posed of Aggie students, led by Ira S. Bates '29, 
of Whitinsville, furnished several dance selec- 
tions. Robert D. Hawley 'IS, secretary of the 
College, was the announcer. Many complimen- 
tary reports of the radio program have been 
received from alumni and other radio listeners. 

Reports of World Aggie Night meetings re- 
ceived to date show that the gathering at 
Concord again leads the list in attendance, with 
ninety-one present and Greenfield was second, 
with an attendance of seventy-three. Brief 
summaries of reports of the meetings received 
to date will indicate the success of the cele- 
bration and the abundance of that spirit of Old 
Aggie which prevails among the alumni. 

Concord. "Ninety-one present, including 
wives... Commissioner Arthur W. Gilbert '04 
spoke... A very pleasant and enthusiastic 
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Saturday, November 19, 1927 

Department Rallies 

Fraternity Reunions 

The Program 

8.00 a. m. — 12.30 p. m. Registration at 
Memorial Hall and visits to College 
12.30 p. m. — 1.15 p. m. Major Depart- 
ment Rally Luncheons. 
1.15 p. m. — -2.00 p. in. Assembly on 

Alumni Field. 
2.00 p. in. — 1.30 p. m. Football: Tufts 

vs. Mass. Aggie. 
4..30 p. m. — 11.00 p. m. Fraternity re- 
unions at the houses. Recreation in 
Memorial Hall. Supper and enter- 
tainment for Alumnae. 
Come and visit with College Depart- 
ments, Faculty Members and Fraternities. 

TUFTS vs. M,\SS. .\GGIE 
Game Called at 2.00 p. m. 
General .\dmission — One Dollar 
Reserved Seats SI. 00 extra or S2.00 each 
Application for reserved scats must be 
accompanied by check or money order 
payable to Curry S. Hicks, General 
Manager of Athletics. Tickets will be 
issued in the order of receipt of applica- 
tion. If you desire good seats you must 
apply early. Please state if you wish 
seats on Mass. Aggie or Tufts side ol 
field. If you wish tickets by registered 
mail, please add 15 cents. 

.Alumni Home-Coming Day has this year 
been scheduled to coincide with the date of the 
M..A.C.-Tufts game. 

.\lumni are particularly urged to come early 
and stay late on No\ember 19. Ov. ■. ht 
accommodations will gladly be arranged t 
the .Alumni Office for those who desire to re- 
main in .Amherst Saturday night. 

Special plans are being made by the depart- 
ments of the College to receixe home-coming 
alumni in the departments during the morning 
hours. At noon department rally luncheons will 
be served by several departments and the 
agricultural division in their respective build- 
ings. Other departments will have special 
alumni tables in Draper Hall. 

Many fraternities are planning to receive 
their alumni at the fraternity houses following 
the football game, where smokers and other 
forms of entertainment will take place. Dancing 
and recreation may also be obtained in Memorial 
Hall after the game. 

Tickets for the informal dance in Memorial 
Hall may be secured by writing at once to Mr. 
.Alexander Hodson, Sigma Phi Epsilon House, 
Pleasant St., .Amherst, Mass., inclosing with 
your letter four dollars if accompanied, and one 
dollar fifty cents if unaccompanied. The four 
dollar ticket includes the cost of the dinner. 

Home-coming alumnae will be entertained 
during the evening of November 19, by a com- 
mittee of alumnae headed by Miss Marion C. 
Pulley '19. Special announcements of the 
plans will be mailed to each alumna. 



.\lumni Classes Represented 

Roscoe W. Thatcher, .Aggie's new president 
will be formall>- inaugurated on Friday, October 
28. This will be the first ceremony of its kind 
at M..A.C. in twenty-one years, or since 1906, 
when former president Kenyon L. Butterfield 
took the chair. 

Plans for the event have been in the hands of 
a joint committee composed of trustees and 
faculty of the College. Over two hundred in- 
\ited guests are expected to attend the cere- 
monies, including representatives of sixty-two 
colleges and universities, trustees and faculty of 
the College, State, county, agricultural and 
town officials, and representatives from each 
alumni and undergraduate class. 

Formal induction of President Thatcher will 
be in Bowker .Auditorium at 2.30 p. m. Prior 
to this, beginning at 2.00 p. m. there will be an 
academic procession starting at Memorial Hall 
for which Major N. Butler Briscoe, command- 
ant at the College, will serve as grand marshal. 
The College Band and military escort composed 
of .Aggie students will serve to lend color to the 
march to Stockbridge Hall. Philip F. Whitmore 
'15, president of the .Associate .Alumni, will lead 
the alumni division of the procession. 
President to Hold Reception 

Following the inaugural ceremony, President 
and Mrs. Thatcher will hold an informal re- 
ception in Memorial Hall. Special music at the 
reception will be rendered by a group of Aggie 
students led by Mr. Ira S. Bates '^29. 

The inaugural banquet, which will be at- 
tended by official delegates, will come at 7 p. m. 
in Draper Hall. 

Many alumni are planning to make the trip 
to Amherst in time to attend the inaugural and 
to sta\' over for the M.A.C.-.Amherst football 
game which takes place at Pratt Field the next 
day, October 29. 

The trustees' committee in charge of arrange- 
ments includes William Wheeler '71, of Concord, 
chairman; Harold L. Frost '95, of Arlington, and 
Dr. .Arthur W. Gilbert '04, of Belmont, State 
Commissioner of Agriculture. The personnel of 
the faculty committee is; Dean William L. 
.Machmer, chairman; Treasurer Fred C. Kenney, 
Director Sidne>- B. Haskell '04, Director Roland 
H. X'erbeck '08, Director Willard A. Munson 
'05, Professor Fred C. Sears, Professor Clark L. 
Thayer '13, and William I. Goodwin '18, .Assist- 
ant Alumni Secretary. 


Sidney B. Haskell, M.A.C. '04, director of the 
Massachusetts .Agricultural Experiment Station 
and .Acting Head of the Division of Agriculture 
at M..A.C., has resigned. He has accepted the 
position of manager of the agricultural depart- 
ment of the Synthetic Nitrogen Products Corp., 
one of the largest fertilizer corporations in the 
world and the greatest producer of synthetic 
nitrogen, the dominating form of nitrogen in the 
fertilizer market. The corporation has offices in 
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Entered aa second class matter, March 17 
1020, at the Postoffice at Amherst, Mass. 
■nder the Acts of March 3, 1879. 

Linus H. Jones '16, Chairman 


Roland H. Verbeck '08 
William L. Doran '15 
Marshall O. Lanphear '18 
Earle S. Carpenter '24 
Miss Mary Foley '24 
Elmer E. Barber "26 
Philip F. Whitmore '15, ex officio 
William I. Goodwin '18, ex officio 

Address all communications to The Alumni Office, M. A. C, Amherst, Mass. 



Frederick B. Shaw '96 

Frederick B. Shaw '96, farmer and former 
newspaperman, died on September 24, at the 
Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton, Mass. 
following an operation. Mr. Shaw was born in 
South Amherst, April 16, 1876. 

Mr. Shaw entered M.A.C. in the fall of 1892 
with the class of '96. While an undergraduate he 
earned a reputation for himself on the athletic 
field. After graduation he became manager of 
the Western Union in Taunton, Mass., and in 
1900 he married Miss Josie B. Harris of that 

Since 1911, Mr. Shaw has been a farmer in 
South Amherst. He was always interested in 
the church and its work, being a member of the 
South Congregational Church of Taunton. He 
was also interested in Masonry and was a mem- 
ber of the King David Lodge of Masons in 

A wife, three sons and a daughter survive him. 

Alexander W. Montgomery '98 

Alexander W. Montgomery '98, noted rose 
grower and general manager and OAvner of the 
Montgomery Rose Gardens in East Hadley, 
Massachusetts, died suddenly from shock at his 
home, Saturday, October 22. He had been 
hunting in the afternoon of that date, and his 
companions, who missed him found him leaning 
against a tree suffering from shock. 

Mr. Montgomery entered M.A.C. in 1894 
from Natick, Mass., graduating with the class 
of '98 of which he was president. As a student 
he was particularly interested in floriculture and 
in undergraduate activities he was prominent 
in literary and military endeavors. He was 
editor-in-chief of the '98 Index, business manager 
of the "Aggie Life" and a member of the College 
Shakespearian Club. 

As a breeder of new varieties of flowering 
plants, Mr. Montgomery was unquestionably 
the outstanding man among the few alumni of 
M.A.C. engaged in this sort of work. First 
from the greenhouses of the Waban Rose Con- 
servatories at Natick, Mass., and of late years 
from his own establishment at East Hadley, 
Mass., have come the variety of roses which 
made Mr. Montgomery's name known among 
gardeners and florists in this country and abroad. 
Beginning the breeding work for which he was 
noted in 1899 he continued his work unceasingly. 
Of the tens of thousands of seedlings which he 
produced, however, less than ten have been 
named and put on the market. This is an ex- 
cellent indication of the severity of Mr. Mont- 
gomery's judgment in selecting varieties worthy 
of being named and disseminated. 

Mr. Montgomery had a wide circle of friends. 
He was a member of the Pacific Lodge of Free 
Masons of Amherst, the Amherst Rotary Club, 
the Amherst Club, the Hadley Men's Club, the 
American Society of Rose Growers and the 
American Society for Floriculture. 
. His wife Mrs. Margaret (Wade) Montgomery, 
three daughters, a son and his parents survive 


(Continued from Page 1 col. 1) 

meeting." James W. Dayton '13, secretary, 
was in charge. Professor Frank Prentice Rand 
represented the faculty. 

Greenfield. Seventy-three were present. 
Following the supper short speeches and rem- 
iniscences of college life were made. Edwin B. 
Smead '71 addressed the gathering. Officers 
elected for -the coming year were: Winford F. 
Adams '13, president, and Roy D. Harris FG, 
secretary-treasurer. College songs and dancing 
filled in until the radio hour. Professor W. W. 
Chenoweth was representative from the College. 
Joseph H. Putnam '94 and Paul E. Alger '09 
arranged the meeting. 

Pittsfleld. Attendance forty-nine. Dr. John 
F. Gannon, a trustee of the College and Mr. 
Peter I. Adams, of the State Board of Agricul- 
ture, spoke. '94 was the oldest class represented 
and '30 the youngest. There was dancing until 
midnight. Harry J. Talraage '22 made all 
arrangements. Professor Frederick A. Mc- 
Laughlin attended from the College. 

Springfield. Sixty attended, including visi- 
tors from the College. Following the dinner, 
President Thatcher and others addressed the 
meeting. Parke W. Farrar '08 and Hoyt D. 
Lucas '14 were elected president and secretary- 
treasurer, respectively, for the coming year. 
Singing and music added to the program. 
Herbert W. Headle '13 and Richard R. Hart- 
well '19 accomplished this successful gathering. 

Danvers. Thirty-eight were in attendance, 
including Mr. Charles H. Preston, a trustee of 
the College. The group organized as the Essex 
County Alumni Association, with officers as 
follows: Fred A. Smith '93, president; Jasper 
Marsh '95, vice-president; Clarence M. Wood 
'22, secretary; and Henry B. Morse '11, trea- 
surer. Ralph H. Gaskill '13, assisted by a com- 
mittee, was responsible for the admirable meet- 
ing. William C. Sanctuary '12 attended from 
the College. 

Hartford, Conn. Thirteen alumni were 
present. Resolutions were passed in support of 
the new president, Roscoe W. Thatcher. Assist- 
ant Dean, Marshall O. Lanphear '18, was present 
as the College delegate. Peter J. Cascio '21 
arranged the meeting. 

Providence, R. I. Thirty alumni and their 
wives, the largest World Aggie Night group on 
record in Providence, attended the meeting. The 
oldest alumni class present was represented by 
Dr. Richard F. Duncan '86, and the j-oungest 
by Roger M. Cobb '27. Dr. Alexander E. 
Cance was the representative from the College. 

New Bedford. Eighteen alumni and wives 
attended. Gideon H. Allen and Albert King, 

Chicago Alumni Meeting 

All Aggie graduates who are within 
reach of Chicago on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 
should attend the annual meeting of the 
M.A.C. Alumni Club of Chicago at the 
Union League Club. Harry A. Curran 
'16, 8031 Drexel Ave., Chicago, 111., is 

both of the pioneer class of '71, were present. 
Mr. Allen, one of the oarsmen on the Aggie 
crew which beat Harvard and Yale, told the 
story of the "old boat race". Benjamin A. 
Gilmore '16 arranged the meeting. Director 
\yillard A. Munson '05 attended from the 

Buffalo, N. Y. Five alumni "together with 
their wives met for dinner, which was followed 
by a theater party. After the theater an un- 
successful attempt was made to get the radio 
program from Springfield." Milford H. Clark '07 
and Eliot G. Goldsmith '24 arranged the meeting. 
Bellows Falls, Vt. Fifteen were present in- 
cluding the wives of several alumni. A dinner, 
speaking and a social hour arranged by John T. 
Dizer '17 and Lawrence A. Bevan '13 made the 
program successful. Professor Clark L. Thayer 
'13 was the speaker from the College. William 
I. Mayo '17 and Paul G. Harlow '17 were elec- 
ted president and secretary-treasurer, respec- 
tively, for the coming year. 

Worcester. Forty alumni in addition to the 
football and cross country squads attended. 
Music was furnished by the Aggie radio quartet. 
Songs and speeches filled the after-dinner pro- 
gram. Professor Curry S. Hicks was the repre- 
sentative from the College. Credit goes to 
Willard K. French '19 and Walter B. Shaw, 
president of the Two-Year Alumni Association, 
in arranging for the gathering. 

Fitchburg. Twenty-four alumni, including 
several wives, met at the Fay Club. The 
pioneer class of '71 was represented by Jabez 
F. Fisher. Professor William R. Cole w'02 
was present as delegate from the College. 
Thomas Casey '01 had charge of arrangements. 

Brockton. Fourteen alumni were in attend- 
ance. A dinner, Aggie songs and a social pro- 
gram occupied the evening hours. Director 
Roland H. Verbeck '08 was present from the 
College. Stanley L. Freeman '22 arranged the 

Newark, N. J. Telegram, Oct. 22, to Pres. 
R. W. Thatcher. "The forty-five alumni of 
M.A.C. gathered in Newark, N. J. extend to 
you our fullest co-operation and loyal support. 
You may count on us." (Signed) Herbert J. 
Baker '11. 

High Point, N. C. Telegram, Oct. 24, to 
Pres. R. W. Thatcher. "Eleven alumni of class 
of '09 through '26 meeting Saturday night ex- 
tend to you as our new president our best 
Avishes for the advancement of Aggie principles 
and standards under your guidance." (Signed) 
North Carolina Aliimni Club. 

Telegram, October 24, to the Associate 
Alumni of M.A.C. "Eleven alumni from '09 to 
'26, all living in North Carolina, at our second 
meeting of this year, send greetings and assure 
our co-operation to any activity of the future." 
(Signed) North Carolina Alumni Club. 

Pittsburgh, Pa. Telegram, October 22. 
"Pittsburgh reunion held at home of T. W. 
Nicolet. Enjoying (radio) program." (Signed) 
T. W. Nicolel 'H. 

President Tliatcher Guest 

President Roscce W. Thatcher was guest of 
the Associate Alumni at a dinner given in 
Draper Hall, Saturday, October 15, which the 
directors and officers of the association and 
Professor Curry S. Hicks of the physical educa- 
tion department attended. 

The purpose of this meeting was to acquaint 
the new executive of the College with the per- 
sonnel of the Association, to review somewhat 
the accomplishments of the Association in the 
past and to present to him the plans which the 
Association adopted at its June meeting relative 
to the campaign for funds for a new physical 
education building. 

The alumni speakers were: Dr. Charles A. 
Peters '97, Sumner R. Parker '04, Secretary of 
the Associate Alumni and Professor Frederick 
A. McLaughlin '11. Professor Curry S. Hicks 
explained the needs of the college with regards 
to a suitable structure and equipment with 
which to carry on a well-rounded program of 
phj'sical education for all students at M.A.C. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, Oct. 25, 1927 



The football season is more than half over, 
and M.A.C.'s football eleven enters the harder 
portion of its schedule with a record that tells 
of a team that has played both good and poor 
football during the past five weeks. The first 
game of the season was a scoreless tie against 
Bowdoin. The Aggie team played good foot- 
ball in that game. Bowdoin had a heavy ex- 
perienced team, which Aggie lacked, but the 
spirit of the M.A.C. club fighting against these 
odds helped to tie the game. 

The ne.xt week Bates won by a score of 7 to 
0, the score coming in the third period as the 
result of a fumble. Aggie met its real defeat 
' against Middlebury by a count of 12 to 0. In 
neither of these games did the Aggie team show 
the determined spirit that characterized the 
play against Bowdoin. 

On October 15 the team met Williams, one of 
the best small college teams in the East. Here 
Aggie scored in the first period and threatened 
to at other times, but a dazzling set of laterals 
and forwards passed in a backfield that was 
shifty, fast and clever, made the final score 31 
to 7 in Williams' favor. 

Lack of a scoring finish spelled defeat for 
M.A.C.'s varsity against Worcester Tech. on 
October 22. The Aggie team outrushcd the 
Tech. team in every quarter, but could not 
offset the flashy run of Worcester's star back. 

Cross Country 

To date the cross country- team has won 12 
out of 13 races held during the past two and 
one-half seasons, the victory over W.P.I, on 
October 22 being its tenth successive. On Octo- 
ber 1 the team defeated Wesleyan 22 to 3-t over 
a five-mile course. Captain Preston, the onl\- 
veteran on the team, finished first in 2(i minutes 
43 6-10 seconds, with Schappellc second. The 
team at Worcester met keener competition, but 
won by a score of 26 to 29. The race was run 
over the Worcester course which has been 
recognized as one of the hardest in the east. 
Captain Preston and Schappclle placed second 
and third respectively. The team this year 
lacks the excellent balance it has had during 
the past two years, but the work of the two 
men mentioned has been notcworlh\'. 


The fifth annual Mountain Day at Aggie was 
celebrated on October 17. More than five 
hundred students and members of the faculty 
journeyed on foot and horseback, in automobile's 
and busses and by train to the foot of Mt. Toby. 
Here a noon luncheon w'as enjoyed about the 
crackling camp fires, after which trips were 
organized to the watch tower and cabins. The 
return trip was made late in the afternoon. 

Shades of "Ve Old Aggie Dog Cart," well 
known to many alumni are seen in the erection 
on Pleasant Street, near the Kappa Sigma 
fraternity house, of a new "dog" cart called the 
"College Grill". It is operated by Earl A. 
Tompkins '29, of Easthampton. 

The list of honor students for the spring term 
was recently announced. The number of stu- 
dents on this list shows a steady increase. For 
the third successive term Harold E. Clark '2S 
of Montague heads the list, with Maxwell H. 
Goldberg '28 of Stoneham also in the group 
averaging grades of ninety percent or better. 
Nine students are in the eighty-five to ninety 
percent group; while twenty-four earned grades 
of eighty to eighty-five. Students who main- 
tain grades of eight\-five or better are entitled 
to unlimited cuts. 


(Continued from Pafte 1) 

Xew York City and Atlanta, Georgia. The 
United States department includes continental 
United States, Cuba, Porto Rico, and the 
Hawaiian Islands. Mr. Haskell will be in 
direct charge of the educational and research 
program throughout this entire district. He will 
leave .-Xniherst for New York Cily to take up 
his new duties in December. 

Since his graduation from M.A.C. in 1904, 
Mr. Haskell has been connected with the 
College in some capacity continuously except 
from 1917 to 1920 when he left to take a position 
as chairman of the Soil Impro\ement Committee 
of the National Fertilizer Association with 
headquarters at Baltimore. 

Developed Agronomy Courses 

Immediately following his graduation he be- 
came assistant agriculturist at the Hatch Ex- 
periment Station, and successi\ely instructor in 
agriculture, assistant professor of agronomy, 
associate professor, and in 1915 was named a 
full professor of agronomy. Under his direction 
the academic courses in agronoziiy at M.A.C. 
have been developed to rank among the finest 
in the country. 

On his return to M.A.C. in 1920 as director 
of the Experfment Station Mr. Haskell im- 
mediately brought into play his ability to 
organize, direct, and supervise. His immediate 
associates and many others with whom he has 
come in contact are united in praise of his 

Dad's Day 

The first Dad's Da\- at Aggie will take place 
Saturday, November 12. Following the custom 
of holding a Dad's Da\' of many other colleges 
and the practice which M.A.C. co-eds inaugu- 
rated in having a Mother's Day, invitations 
from President Thatcher and from the students 
have gone forward to the father of each .•\ggie 

The purpose of Dad's Day is to show the 
parent what Aggie is tr\ing to do for his boy, 
and the manner in which the College is trying 
to do its part in giving each boy a worthwhile 
training for future life. 

A program for "Dad" has been arranged which 
includes tours about the campus, a reception b>' 
the faculty, the six-man rope pull, Norwich vs. 
M..-\.C. in a varsity football contest, a banquet 
and evening entertainment. 

e.xeculi\c ability. In fact, in agricultural circles 
in Washington he is regarded as one of the 
ablest station directors in the country. 

Pressing Needs Met 

In his direction of research work he has been 
insistent that projects to solve pressing needs 
be gi\en attention first. And, in his capacity 
as research professor of agronomy, he has given 
his personal and continued attention to all 
projects throughout their development. 

Mr. Haskell has been closely identified with 
the newly enacted seed inspection legislation 
and the establishment of a seed laboratory at 
.M.A.C. He has never been too busy to fill 
speaking engagements before county groups 
throughout the State in his efforts to bring the 
function and work ol the Experiment Station to 
public attention. His interest in and encourage- 
ment of the younger men at the station has 
been marked. He is a member of the Editorial 
Board of the Journal of .Agricultural Research, 
and secretary of the -Association of Land Grant 

His keen interest in a variety of campus 
activities at M.-A.C, especially in academic 
activities, caused him to be chosen president of 
the -Academic -Activities Board in which capacity' 
he has served for several years. 

"Sid", as he is known by his more intimate 
friends, has always been a most loyal and 
active alumnus. His good judgment regarding 
problems of the alumni association of which 
body he is an executive committee member, has 
done mu<:h to build up the strong organization 
now existing. 


The Academic Activities Board 

The Academic Acti\itics Board held its first 
meeting of the year on October 3rd. Olificers 
were elected as follows: Director Sidnev B. 
Haskell '04, president; Dean William L. Mach- 
mer, vice-president; and William I. Goodwin 
'18, secretary. Other faculty members of the 
board are: .President Roscoe W. Thatcher, 
Assistant Dean Marshall O. Lanphear '18, and 
Professor Frank Prentice Rand. The remainder 
of the board is composed of the managers of the 
several student academic activities organizations. 

The financial report of the board indicates 
that the various acti^■ities receive and expend 
about ,18,000 a year, a little more than half of 
which comes from the students in the form of 
subscriptions and taxes, and the balance from 
other sources. 

Of special interest to alumni is the action of 
the board to make an occasional wholly honorary 
award of the academics gold medal at the annual 
-Alumni .Academics Club breakfast in June, pro- 
\'idcd the recipient is present to receive it. 

The Glee Clubs 

The men's and the girls' glee clubs are again 
underway with rehearsals under the expert 
guidance of Mrs. .A. B. Beaumont, wife of Prof. 
Beaumont of the agronomy department. "The 
clubs will be ready for concert engagements 
alter Christmas. .Alumni and other organiza- 
tions that desire to procure the clubs should make 
arrangements at an early date with Mr. John 
A. Kimball, Lambda Chi .Alpha House, for the 
men's club and Miss Dorothea Williams, Abigail 
Adams House, for the girls' club. Tentative 
arrangements for a trip by the men's club to 
greater Boston and the Cape have already been 
made for the later part of January. 

Edwin E. Marsh '28 of Pittsfield and Robert 
H. Owers '28 of Taunton have been elected 
leader and assistant leader, respectively, of the 
men's club for this year. 

The Collegian 

Sixteen candidates ha\e entered the competi- 
tion for positions on the editorial board of the 
Collegian. The editor-in-chief this year is Ernest 
L. Spencer '28 of Lowell, and the managing 
editor is Ellsworth Barnard '28 of Shelburne 


X'arsity debating, under the management of 
Maxwell H. Goldberg '28, of Stoneham, promises 
to be an activity which will interest alumni and 
students alike. The plans of the club are to 
stage exhibition debates, at which four students 
will discuss both sides of a popular subject for 
not over an hour, very informally. 

The whole program proposes to be an evening's 
entertainment for some organization that would 
enjoy hearing undergraduate viewpoints on 
some subject vital and current among American 
youth. Mr. Goldberg, South College, M.-A.C, 
will be glad to entertain your desires and your 
audience. Twelve candidates are at present 
trying out for the team. 

The Movie 

-Again we hear of Ihc movie, "Aggie Men Are 
Gathered," which, started a year ago, is now 
nearing completion. The final scenes of this 
first effort to produce a story of college life as it 
really is, for use on the silver screen have just 
been photographed. Neil C. Robinson '27, 
principal character of the scenario, recently re- 
turned to the campus especially for the purpose 
of going "on location". This picture will be 
available for alumni groups after Christmas. 
Booking arrangements may be made through 
the Alumni Office. 

The Index 

The 1929 Index is in the making. It is under- 
stood from the manager that "The Humanities'* 
will be featured in this new book. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, Oct. 25, 1927 


'96j^Harry T. Edwards was a recent visitor 
on the campus. He is employed by the U.S.D.A. 
and is stationed at Manila, P. I. 

'98 Willis S. Fisher, secretary of the class 
of 1898 writes that already plans are being 
brought to a successful issue concerning the 
thirtieth anniversary of the class, which takes 
place in June, 1928. 

'06 J. Edward Martin, one of the many 
Aggie alumni who have made good in editorial 
work, reports that he is managing editor of 
"The California Lumber Merchant." 

'12 "Dan" Curran was a recent visitor on 
campus. "Dan" is connected with the legal 
department of the State Dept. of Agriculture. 

'15 Harlow L. Pendleton, former instructor 
at M.A.C. is now superintendent of the ice 
cream department of the A. R. Parker Co., 
Bridgewater, Mass. 

'16 Perez Simmons, entomologist, was re- 
cently transferred from the Entomology De- 
partment at Washington, D. C, to Fresno, Cal., 
where he has charge of the U. S. Entomological 

'17 Roswell W. Henninger, who is teaching 
in the department of industrial management, 
N. C. State College, Raleigh, N. C, was also a 
recent campus visitor. 

'17 Brooks Light, who recently visited the 
campus for the first time since his graduation, 
was rather surprised at the changes which have 
taken place during the past ten years. 

w'17 "Bill" Strong is an alumnus who is 
making rapid strides in the financial world. He 
was recently appointed New York representative 
for the -Marine Trust Company of Buffalo of 
which company he is also vice-president. 

'18 From a former "Aggie Ec." comes the 
report that he is doing well as assistant statis- 
tician for the N.Y.N.H.&H.R.R. "Freddie" 
Gordon may be found in the general offices of 
the above company at Hartford, Conn. 

'19 Arthur M. McCarthy, former all 'round 
Aggie athlete, whose marriage took place re- 
cently at Palmer, Mass., is now located in 
Chicago, where he is engaged in the insurance 

'19 Marion G. Pulley reports that the 
Amherst alumnae are making plans for a 
gathering of M.A.C. women on Alumni Home- 
Coming Day, Saturday, November 19. The 
local committee are working on the plans and a 
notice giving full details will be sent to each 
alumna in the near future. 

'20 George M. Campbell, traffic agent for 
the B. O. railroad at Jacksonville, Fla., was a 
recent visitor among Massachusetts friends. 

'21 James W. Alger announces that he is 
now in the electrical business with the Collins 
Electric Company of Springfield. 

'21 "Charlie" Anderson is still with the 
N. E. Tel. & Tel. Co., at Springfield, Mass. 

'21 "Don" Douglas has severed his connec- 
tions with the Travellers' Ins. Co. and is now 
connected with the financial sales department 
of the General Motors Acceptance Corporation 
at Boston. 

'22 Francis E. Buckley is a member of the 
credit section of the General Motors Acceptance 
Corporation with offices in the Statler Building, 

Boston. ,.,,,,, 

'22 "Al" Smith, former Aggie basketball 
star, is reported as looking after the ice cream 
department of the Pittsfield Milk Exchange in 
a capable manner. 

w'22 Maxfield M. Smith, whose marriage 
was recently announced, is salesman for the 
Eaton, Craneand PeckCompany of Albany, N.Y. 

'23 Melvin B. Hallett is now in the executive 
office of the Brookmire Company as investi- 
gator. Address, Fraternities Club, Madison 
Ave. & W. 30th St., New York City. 
(^'23 "Bob" Martin, who is employed by the 
U. S. Dept. of Commerce at Des Moines, Iowa, 
-writes: "Married — but still going strong." 

w'23 Ernest Putnam, who completed his 
work at Aggie last June, is now principal of the 
' high school at Mill River, Mass. 

'24 "\'ic" Cahalane, of the U. S. Forest 
Service, was in charge of gathering data on the 
French Broad and _Nolichusky River damages 
for the Mississippi Flood Control Investigation 
Committee during the recent flood disaster in 
the Mississippi Valley. 

'24 Robert M. Darling, who attended 
Harvard Graduate School last year is now 
with a banking firm in Boston. 

'24 Eric F. Lamb is with the statistical de- 
partment of the First National Bank of Boston 
and is located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, S.A. 
He recently attended Harvard Graduate School. 

'25 "Pat" Holbrook writing from Winston- 
Salem, North Carolina, reports that the insur- 
ance business is flourishing to his satisfaction. 
He hopes to migrate northward in time to 
arrive with the cold weather. 

'25 Herbert J. Marx, former Aggie football 
star, is now employed as a chemist along with 
several other Aggie graduates. He is in the 
laboratories of the Proctor & Gamble Co., L. I., 
N. Y. 

'26 Linus A. Gavin, former Aggie football 
star and assistant coach is now employed with 
Oscar Starkweather, landscape contractprs of 
Boston, one of the leading firms in landscape 
architecture in eastern Massachusetts. 

'26 Emory S. Loud is spreading education 
in the form of history at the Abbington High 

'26 Chester W. Nichols called upon friends 
on the campus recently and made reports con- 
cerning the progress of Aggie students at the 
Harvard School of Landscape Architecture. The 
Aggie delegation at present includes Francis J. 
Cormier, Chester W. Nichols, Frederic A, 
Baker, Raymond H. Otto, and George A. 
Yarwood, all of the class of '26. 

'26 "Red" Potter is still connected with the 
Fisk Seed Co., Boston, Mass. 

'26 Roland D. Sawyer, Jr. is making good 
this year as teacher-coach at St. Marks School, 
Southboro, Mass. 

'26 "Bill" Stopford and Basil Needham were 
on campus recently. They are in business as 
the B. A. Needham Co., Inc., 2628 Washington 
Place, New York City, and specialize in the 
manufacture and importing of clothes for the 
college man. 

w'26 Leslie Anderson is a supervisor in the 
refrigeration department of the General Electric 
Co., Boston, Mass. 

'27 "Rog" Chamberlain and "Herb" Harris 
"did" Europe this summer, traveling through 
most of the European countries. "Rog" has 
returned to Springfield, Mass., while "Herb" 
stayed in France to become instructor in English 
at L'Ecole Normal, Quimpers. 

'27 Clarence A. Crooks, who is employed at 
the U. S. Corn Borer Laboratorj' at Yarmouth 
Maine, has recovered from a recent operation 
which kept him in the hospital at Portland for 
a short time. 

'27 "Eddie" Haertl, former versatile Aggie 
athlete and leader of the famous Coq d'Or 
orchestra while attending M.A.C, is now 
filling "Al" Gustafson's shoes in the biological 
department at Williams College. 

'27 "Dan" Hanson, who has gone in for 
dirt agriculture reports "a very successful sea 
son and is now making plans for a real year 
next year." 

'27 Ralph W. .Haskins is teaching mathe- 
matics at the Amherst High School. 

'27 John J. Mahoney is engaged in land- 
scape work with Riverdale Nurseries in West 
Springfield, Mass. which is near enough to 
Amherst so that he is occasionally seen on the 
campus, especially on Sundays. 

'27 "Ken" MiUigan is a farm manager and 
is located at Wrentham, Mass. 

'27 Harry "Red" Nottebaert and Thomas 
J. Kane have both taken positions as plantation 
overseers with the United Fruit Company. 
"Red" who sails October 29, will be located at 
Puerto Barrios, Republic of Guatemala and 
"Tom" Kane is stationed at Guaro, Cuba. 

'27 Merrill H. Partenheimer and Herbert 
F. Verity are rooming together at 4546 North 

Emory Graysonyi? 

Comes Back to Aggie 

Emory E. Grayson '17, better known to Aggie 
alumni and friends as "Em", will return to 
Aggie on November 1, to engage in personnel 
work, filling the vacancy recently caused by the 
resignation of Mr. Paul W. Viets. 

Since 1924 "Em" has been connected with 
the physical education department at Amherst 
College as varsity baseball and basketball coach, 
and assistant varsity football coach. The past 
year he has been freshman football coach and 
for three years taught the varsity wrestling team. 
His position carried the title of associate pro- 

The records made by baseball and basketball 
teams at Amherst College under "Em" are 
equal to, if not better than, those of any other 
three-year period at the college. In 1924-1925 
the baseball team won eight games and lost six, 
and was champion of the "Little Three"; the 
basketball team won eight games and lost four, 
and again was champion of the "Little Three". 

In 1925-1926 his baseball team won eight 
games and lost eight, while the basketball team 
won eight games and lost four. During the past 
year the baseball team had 10 victories, five 
defeats and one tie, and the basketball team 
seven victories and five defeats, each team tieing 
for "Little Three" honors. 

It is proposed that the personnel work at 
M.A.C, of which Mr. Grayson will have charge, 
will be expanded to include employment service 
for both the two and the four year graduates. 
"Em" is particularly well qualified for this 
work, since, following his graduation from 
M.A.C. in 1917 he was for six years employed 
by the short course office at Aggie. During that 
period he directed two-year athletics in addition 
to coaching varsity baseball and basketball and 
serving as assistant coach in varsity football. 

Edgewood Ave., Winton Place, Cincinnati, O. 

'27 Everett J. Pyle is employed in landscape 
construction and is at present working on a new 
golf course at Bolton Landing, Lake George, 
N. Y. 

'27 Otto H. Richter is employed on the 
teaching staft' at Smith Agricultural School in 
Northampton where he teaches botany, chem- 
istry, physics and other subjects. 

'27 Almeda M. Walker is teaching biologj', 
general science, and cooking at the South 
Braintree High School. 

'27 Earle F. Williams is landscape architect 
at Brooklyn Heights Cemetery, Cleveland, O., 
and is working under the supervision of Arthur 
S. Tupper, M.A.C. '14. 

FG Clifi^ord Gates is employed as landscape 
architect for the Independence Nurseries, Inde- 
pendence, Ohio. 

FG J. Frank Johnson, who is a poultry 
specialist with the Purina Mills Co. at St. 
Louis, Mo., became a benedict on September 
24, 1927. 

FG Leslie C Whitaker writes interestingly 
concerning his work as superintendent of the 
Kelly High School, Mandalay, Burma, the 
second largest Burmese boys' school in that 
country. He reports that there are over 500 
students in his school and that his work is 
largely evangelistic. He hopes to return to the 
U.S.A. on furlough before long. 

sp'14 Howard B. Fiske is a landscape archi- 
tect and resides at 202 High St., Passaic, N. J. 

FG E. Avery Richmond is now worldng at 
the Japanese Beetle Laboratory, Riverton, N.J. 

G Kenneth B. Simmons is a landscape 
architect in the employ of Aggie's illustrious 
alumnus, A. D. Taylor '05, at 4614 Prospect 
Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio. 

FG C L. F. PauU in addition to serving as 
a teacher of landscape gardening in the Denver 
Opportunity School, Denver, Colo., is budding 
forth as a politician in Sheridan, Colo, where 
he resides. 



S^ol. IX. 

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Freshman Statistics 

A total of 804 students enrolled at Aggie this 
year brings us the largest enrolment in the 
history of the College with the exception of the 
year 1921, when a large number of service men 
brought about an abnormal condition. Not 
since 1916 have there been so many men and 
women enrolled in the collegiate course. 

Massachusetts, as would be expected, supplies 
the largest number of students, sending 524 of 
the 562 students in the college course, and others 
in small numbers come from Maine, \erniont, 
Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New 
Jersey, Pennsylvania, F'lorida, Newfoundland 
and Canada. Perhaps the most interesting facts 
in connection with the distribution are that while 
Massachusetts sends numerous students to New 
Hampshire, expecially from the eastern counties, 
there is not a single New Hampshire student at 
Aggie, and that New York State this year sends 
more students to Aggie than all the New England 
States combined, with the exception, of course. 
of Massachusetts. Fifteen students in tlu- 
freshman class come from out of state. 
Middlesex and Worcester Counties Lead 
Freshman statistics are always interesting, 
and a survey of the freshman class brings oui 
numerous interesting facts. Four of the counties 
in Massachusetts supply well over half thr 
members of the class of 1931, and a checkup 
reveals that this has been the case for a number 
of years, while Nantucket and Dukes counties 
supply none whatever and Barnstable county 
but one. The contribution of the various coun- 
ties is as follows: 

Barnstable 1 Hampshire 25 

Berkshire 11 Middlesex 28 

Bristol 5 Norfolk 7 

Essex 8 PIvmouth 9 

Franklin 15 Suffolk 10 

Hampden 25 Worcester 28 

Aggie still remains a college for the middle 
classes, for a study of the educational oppor- 
tunities and professions of freshmen's parents 
tells us that about 70 percent of the fathers and 
75 percent of the mothers never received more 
than secondary school training, and that there 
are relatively few professional men among the 
parents. Of the fathers, 78 had common school 
training, 5^3 high school, 20 business school, 1 
normal school and 31 college. The mothers were 
trained 70 in common schools, 73 in high schools, 
19 in business colleges, 16 in normal schools and 
5 in colleges. A number of the freshmen had 
one a college graduate, but only four had both. 
Sons and Daughters of Alumni 
Three of the freshmen, Gertrude B. Church 
of North Amherst, Kathleen G. King of South 
Amherst, and Lawrence H. Smith of Amherst, 
are children of Aggie men, and two others, 
Lewis E. King of North Brookfield and Evelyn 
Lyman of East Longmeadow, are children of 
former short-course men at Aggie. 

Asked why they came to Aggie instead of 
some other college, many explained that it was 
financial reasons which was the determining 
factor, most of them saying that they could get 
the course they wanted here at less expense 
than elsewhere. Recommendations of the 
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Alumni Participate In Brilliant Event 

Pres. Roscoe \\ ilfred Thatcher 



Approximately 200 home-coming alumni yelled 
themselves to hoarseness at the annual Tufts- 
Aggie gridiron ' ~,t Saturday. Knowing 
full well the tre; ,t.i ; i handicap under which 
the Aggie team was laboring, this fact served 
only to increase in volume the almost continu- 
ous roar of encouragement throughout the entire 
game from the Aggie supporters. 

Because the number of alumni who registered 
in Memorial Hall were comparatively few with 
reference to the total number known to be visit- 
ing their Alma Mater, it is impossible to state 
the exact number who came back. Registration 
figures show, however, that the class of '18 led 
the others in point of numbers, while to 1910 
goes the honor of having present the alumnus 
who traveled the longest distance — William E. 
Leonard, of Soledad, Cienfuegos. Cuba. 

Morning hours were devoted to visits to 
College departments by the home-coming alumni. 
At noon all joined one of the department rally 
luncheons. Eighteen alumni and members of 
the staff were present at the "Aggie Ec" lun- 
cheon in South College. The largest meeting 
from the standpoint of numbers was the lagri- 
cultural division luncheon, where nearly forty 
alumni and over twenty members of the faculty 
enjoyed the chicken pie dinner served to them 
under the direction of Professor Glatfelter and 
Mr. Enos J. Montague '15. President Thatcher 
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62 Colleges Send Delegates 

More than one hundred alumni, including 
official class and club representatives, delegates 
from other colleges, members of the M.A.C. 
faculty and Board of Trustees, and other alumni 
who came as visitors, were present at the in- 
auguration of Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher as the 
tenth president of M.A.C. on Friday, Oct. 28. 

Perlect autumn weather, bringing with it 
shades of gold and crimson foliage such as can 
be found only in the Connecticut X'alley, and 
especially on Aggie's campus, produced colors 
in magnificent contrast with those ol the hoods 
of the distinguished delegates and faculty mem- 

The academic procession, led by Grand Mar- 
shal, N. Butler Briscoe, proceeded from the 
Memorial Building to Stockbridge Flail between 
files of R.O.T.C. men and large groups of stu- 
dents and friends of the College. Bowker Audi- 
torium, where the exercises were held under the 
direction of Dean William L. Machmer, was 
crowded to capacity. 

Dr. Payson Smith Inducts President 
The invocation was given by Rev. John A. 
Hawley of the First Congregational Church of 
.Amherst. Dr. Payson Smith, Commissioner of 
F^ducation, representing Governor Alvan T. 
Fuller, president of the Board of Trustees, in- 
ducted the new president into office and expressed 
the confidence of the trustees and government 
in him. Dr. Smith said that in seeking a man to 
fill the office the trustees had considered a great 
manv candidates, but had unanimously favored 
President Thatcher because of his recognized 
ability and breadth of vision. Symbolical of the 
chief administrative office of the College, the 
Commissioner presented the president with the 
charter of the College. President Thatcher ac- 
cepted the charter and pledged himself to fill the 
position to the best of his ability. 

President Marsh of B.U. Speaks 
Daniel L. Marsh, president of Boston Univer- 
sity, greeted the new president on behalf of the 
delegates from other institutions, and gave a 
brief history of agricultural colleges, during which 
he emphasized the thirty-six years of co-opera- 
tion between this College and Boston University. 
The two colleges were connected until 1911 when 
Aggie had a.ssumed a position of such importance 
that the reasons for the alliance ceased to exist. 
The speaker pointed out the importance of the 
position of president since on him falls the re- 
sponsibility of moulding the students and re- 
fining their tastes. 

Professor Frank A. W'augh, head of the de- 
partment of landscape gardening, extended 
greetings to the executive from the faculty. He 
contrasted the methods of operating the co lege 
today with those of the past, when the faculty, 
in addition to doing all the teaching, were also 
the administrative body. Now, in this age of 
specialization, the faculty has been shorn of this 
power, which Professor W'augh declared, is a 
great improvement. It fosters a condition lead- 
ing to contacts with the teachers which is of 
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William L. Doran '15 
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Address all communications to The Alumni Office, M. A. C, Amherst, Mass. 



The Executive Committee of the Associate 
Alumni, Philip F. Whitmore '15 presiding, met 
at the College on October 15 and conducted the 
following business: 

1. The report of the treasurer on the 
Association budget, showing a balance of 
$612.90 on hand, was accepted. 

2. It was reported that the note on the 
Memorial Building was paid in full on August 
31, 1927. 

3. It was voted that the Memorial Building 
Fund be handled in the future by the Associ- 
ation treasurer. $15,590.49 was reported as 
the amount due on the 361 outstanding 

4. The treasurer reported a balance of 
.$1919.97 on hand in the Alumni Fund. 

5. The report on the Hasbrouck Portrait 
Fund showing a balance of ,$671.84 was 
accepted, and approval was given for the 
sending of another request, for contributions 
to complete the project. 

6. The selection of a chairman to head the 
committee on the Physical Education Build- 
ing project was discussed, but no action was 

7. The secretary's report on the results of 
the special alumni meeting relative to the 
M.A.C.-Connecticut Aggie athletic relations 
was -accepted. 


Henry M. Young, for the past fourteen years 
a resident of Amherst, died September 18, at 
the age of 67 at Mercy Hospital, Springfield. 
Mr. Young will be remembered by many alumni 
as the familiar figure, who, in fulfilling his duties 
as janitor of Stockbridge Hall, often stood hold- 
ing open the door of that building until the last 
straggling student raced through to take his 
seat before chapel exercises were begun. 

Miss Amy Hamilton, 49, for many years 
stenographer and secretary in the department 
of agricultural education at the College died 
after a long illness on September 23. Miss 
Hamilton who served the College under Pro- 
fessor W. R. Hart and later under Professor W. 
S. Welles was also, at one time, connected with 
the work of the alumni oiBce. 

Tribute to War Dead 

The College and student body paid fitting 
tribute on Armistice Day to Aggie's heroes who 
fell on the battle fields of Europe during the 
World War. Silence was observed for two 
minutes in all College departments and the 
entire student body stood at attention in mili- 
tary formation in front of Memorial Hall while 
memorial services were conducted. 


'16 Harry A. Curran to Miss Dorothy 
Matteson at Chicago, 111., July 21, 1927. 

'22 Joseph T. Sullivan to Miss Marie Schrass 
at West Lafayette, Indiana, September 17, 1927. 

w'22 Maxfield M. Smith to Miss Gladys L. 
Elderkin at Springfield, Mass., November 27, 
1926, was recently announced. 

'24 Earl A. Cromack to Miss Katherine 
Leonora Campbell at Kijabe, East Africa, 
October 15, 1927. 

'24 Elwyn J. Rowell to Miss Constance 
Glendon at Boston, Mass., Oct. 15, 1927. 

'26 Alden H. Doolittle to Miss Marjorie 
Eveline Thompson will take place at Brooklyn, 
N. Y,, Oct. 29, 1927. 

'27 Allan Snyder to Miss Dorothy Lee 
Millington at Thompson, Conn., June 4, 1927. 

FG William' C. King to Miss Margaret Gee 
at San Antonio, Texas, September 29, 1927. 

'19 Arthur M. McCarthy to Miss -Marie V. 
Dullahan at Palmer, Mass., Sept. 28, 1927. 

'22 Ralph S. Stevens to Miss Elizabeth V. 
Horn at Brookline, Mass., Oct. 22, 1927. 

'23 Vernon D. Mudgett to Miss Dorothy A. 
Stone at Glens Falls, N. Y., Aug, 8, 1927. 

w'23 Reuel W. Eldredge to Miss Esther D. 
Smith at Newton, Mass., Oct. 22, 1927. 

'26 Francis J. Cormier to Miss Helen L. 
Leonard at Lake Kushagua, N. Y., Sept. 18, 

Sp. Allen W. Hixon to Miss Olive F. Gates 
at Shrewsbury, Mass., Oct. 22, 1927. 


'12 A son, James Martin, to Mr. and Mrs. 
Daniel J. Curran, July 26, 1927 at Marlboro, 

'17 A son, John Allison, to Mr. and Mrs. 
Roland W. Rogers, Sept. 18, 1927 at Falmouth, 

'20 A son, Edward Carleton, to Mr. and Mrs. 
George M. Campbell, Oct. 21, 1927 at Jackson- 
ville, Fla. 

'21 A son, Donald Willard, to Mr. and Mrs. 
James W. Alger, July 6, 1927 at AldenviUe, 

'24 & w'25 A son, William Frank, to Mr. 
and Mrs. John G. Read, Sept. 24, 1927 at 
Pawtucket, R. I. 


(Continued from Page 1) 

spoke a few words of greeting to those present. 

The floriculture, pomology, and agricultural 
education departments held informal dinners in 
Draper Hall. 

Following the football game most of the 
alumni visited briefly with their respective 
fraternities, while a few attended the Informal 
in Memorial Hall. 

Fifteen alumnae met with the women mem- 
bers of the faculty in Draper Hall at 6.30 p. m., 
where a dinner entertainment and brief talks by 
those attending made the program one of great 
enjoyment to all. 


(Continued from Page 1 col. 1) 

alumni and friends were common reasons, and 
many came because it was near home, while 
two frankly admitted that they came because 
Aggie was away from home. Others offered 
reasons such as: "Liked the people I had met 
here," "could get a wholly useful and well- 
rounded education," "its well-known democratic 
spirit," "it appeared to my ideal as a college," 
"Mass. Aggie has made some of the best men I 
know," "it has a reputation for having the best 
chemistry course in the East," "learned to love 
Aggie when I was very young," "its high morale, 
its opportunities and its beautiful surroundings," 
"its reputation for making men," and "I always 
liked the spirit of the Aggie folks I know." 

Phi Kappa Phi Elects 

President Roscoe W. Thatcher was honored 
on November 3, when he was one of the three 
members of the faculty elected to membership 
in Phi Kappa Phi, the honorary scholastic fra- 
ternity. Two other members of the faculty and 
eight undergraduates were accorded the honor 
at the same time, and all were given public 
commendation at the annual Phi Kappa Phi 

Harold E. Clark '28, of Montague, was 
awarded the Phi Kappa Phi scholarship for this 
year, the first time it has ever been given, and 
he received a great ovation from the students. 
Mr. Clark is a leader in undergraduate activities 
and is one of the three highest ranking students 
in the class. The other members of the faculty 
accorded membership in Phi Kappa Phi were 
Prof. Walter E. Prince of the English depart- 
ment and Prof. Hubert W. Yount of the agri- 
cultural economics department. The students 
who won the honor, all seniors, were: Harold 
E. Clark of Montague, Maxwell H. Goldberg of 
Stoneham, Hartwell E. Roper of Closter, N. J., 
Lora M. Batchelder of Easthampton, Ellsworth 
Barnard of Shelburne Falls, Blanche D. Avery 
of Greenfield, Karl G. Laubenstein of Maynard, 
and Gordon E. Bearse of Sharon. 

Colonel Henry S. Graves, director of the 
school of forestry at Yale L'niversity, the speaker 
for the occasion, talked on "Public Service as a 

A College Employment Bureau 

An employment service available to all 
alumni of M.A.C. is now in operation in charge 
of Emory E. Grayson '17, who recently took 
over the office left vacant by the resignation of 
Mr. Paul W. Viets. This service, begun by 
direction of President R. W. Thatcher, promises 
to be of valuable assistance to graduates of the 
four year course in agriculture and horticulture 
in obtaining positions in the irrespective fields 
of work. Assistance will also be given to those 
alumni who wish to better their presentr positions. 

In order to be successful this service must 
have the full co-operation of Aggie alumni and 
friends who know of employment opportunities, 
as well as the co-operation of alumni who seek 

Kindly send all information regarding avail- 
able positions to Mr. Emory E. Grayson, M.A.C. 
Amherst, Mass. Alumni seeking employment 
are urged to communicate with Mr. Grayson at 
once as there are several opportunities now wait- 
ing to be filled. 

M.A.C. Radio Forum Begun 

The M.A.C. Radio Forum has commenced its 
regular broadcasting programs from stations 
WBZ at Springfield and WBZA at Boston. Pro- 
fessor William R. Cole w'02 is director of the 
radio forum this year. Programs will be broad- 
cast at 2.00 p. ra. and 6.00 p. m. every Monday, 
the afternoon period being devoted to subjects 
of interest to homemakers and the evening period 
to agricultural topics. 

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great value to the student. The speaker pledged 
the support and co-operation of the faculty, and, 
in return, said that they expected a feeling of 
sympathy troni the prtsident. 

Philip F. Whitmore is Alumni Speaker 
The next speaker was Philip F. Whitmore '15, 
president of the Associate Alumni, who de- 
clared that they were vitally interested in the 
college and proud of it, and, because of their 
esteem for the new president, were ready to 
follow his leadership. 

The last speaker was John F. (Juinn '28, presi- 
dent of the Student Senate, who welcomed 
President '1 hatcher on behalf of the student 
body, and expressed confidence in him. Quinn 
spoke about the large possibilities inherent to 
the position and the difticulties of the task. He 
said that "Prexy" had been observed critically 
by the students under all conditions, and that 
he had been accepted by all. 

The benediction was pronounced by Rev. 
Arthur L. Kinsolving of the Grace Episcopal 
Church of Amherst. 



Members of the Board of Trustees, Members 
of the Faculty and Alumni, Students and Friends 
of the Massachusetts Agricultural College: 

I appear before you on this occasion wearing 
my academic cap, gown and hood not from an>- 
personal preference for this picturesque garb nor 
with any intention to indicate a desire or hope 
that the practice of wearing academic costumes 
at College functions shall be inaugurated con- 
trary to the w'ishes of the faculty or to precedent 
in such matters; but for the specific purpose ol 
emphasizing my conception of the academic 
ranking of the position which I am assuming and 
ol the standards and quality of academic work 
which should prevail at the College. It is for 
this same reason that I have chosen to wear to- 
day the hood symbolizing the honorary degree 
of Doctor of Laws rather than either ol the 
hoods symbolizing degrees in Arts or in .Agri- 
culture which I might have worn. 

M.A.C. Ranks High 

It will be recognized at once that m>' thought 
in this is that the position which 1 am now 
assuming has the same duties, responsibilities 
and opportunities as does the same position in 
any other institution of collegiate rank and re- 
spectable academic standing. Of the accuracy 
of this idea there can be no question. The illus- 
trious men who have preceded me in this position, 
the fame of the institution at home and abroad, 
and the notable quality of the men and women 
who (as its alumni) constitute its principle pro- 
duct, testify to the standing and standards ol 
the institution whose destinies in the immediate 
luture are today being intrusted to my care. 

I^erhaps it would be an adequate statement 
of my sense of responsibility as well as my hopes 
and ambitions if I were to stop right here. Cer- 
tainly to do so would earn lor me an unique 
place among college presidents and a reputation 
for brevity and wisdom which it might perhaps 
be difficult to live up to in the future. liut cus- 
tom decrees otherwise. An inauguration cere- 
mony would not seem complete without an 
address from the inauguree which may serve as 
a keynote to the policies and methods of the new 
administration, or at least as an introduction to 
the audience of the personality and habits of 
thought of the new president. 1 am willing and 
glad to do the best that I can to provide my 
appropriate part of this inauguration ceremony. 

Hence, I have tried to prepare for this occasion 
an address which will serve the purposes just 
indicated. I have approached this task with a 
keen sense of the serious nature of the problems 
which are before me and of the dangers and 
difficulties which may arise from a premature 
announcement of personal opinions with refer- 

ence to institutional policies. Under ordinary 
circumstances my task would be easy. I could 
simply announce my intention to carry on the 
well-tried and publicly-approved policies of my 
predecessors in office and to promote the con- 
tinued welfare of the College along well-estab- 
lished lines of endeavor. This would be a safe, 
sound and sensible statement of a laudable am- 
bition on my part. 

Task Not So Simple 

But the brief study that I have been able to 
make of the situation with which the College and 
its new f\esident are confronted convinces me 
that the task before us is not so simple as this. 
To be sure, the "land-grant" colleges in general, 
and the Massachusetts Agricultural College in 
particular, have behind them a clearly defined 
purpose and more than half a century of success- 
ful experience. \o one is more appreciative than 
I am of the splendid achievements of this grand 
old institution. Its history, its traditions, and 
its noble men and women were the attractive 
features which led me to accept the position as 
its President when it w'as tendered to me by the 
Board of Trustees. But the problems of the 
College of the future cannot be settled wholly 
on the basis of the experience of the past. 

This is because the needs of the citizens of 
the State for education of collegiate grade are 
not static but are changing from year to year 
with changing economic and social conditions. 
This is true everywhere, but it is a specially sig- 
nificant aspect of the educational situation in 
the New England States, particularly- as it re- 
lates to the duties, functions and 0|)portunitics 
of the state colleges. 

A Public Trust 

From almost the very day that I was elected 
to this position, I have been besieged by inter- 
viewers who seek to learn what my policies as 
President are to be and what the scope of the 
College is to be under my direction. 1 ha\e re- 
gretted often that I could not give definite 
replies to those inquiries. As a matter of prin- 
ciples, I prefer to meet issues squarely and to 
state unequivocally my position or convictions 
wilh reference to matters of public interest. But 
in this case 1 have felt conscientiously that il 
was not within my province or right to announce 
policies for myself or for the institution. This 
is a state college. It is supported by public 
funds. Its officers are representatives of the 
public in the administration of the affairs of the 
institution. I do not want to over-work a much 
abused statement or to lay myself open to the 
suspicion of hypocrisy which often attaches to 
such an utterance; but I can sa\' honesth that 
I believe that in our democracy "a public office 
is a public trust. " In consequence of that belief, 
I cannot embark on this new enterprise with the 
intention to make this institution a creature of 
my own will or wishes. Instead, I must approach 
the undertaking with a sincere desire to work 
out here the will of the people of the State with 
reference to this their institution of learning. 
Cannot Announce Definite Policies 

This does not mean that I intend to supineK' 
submit to domination of the afTairs of the insti- 
tution b\- self-designated representatives of the 
people who may have individual ends or personal 
aims to be served by some development or lack 
of development of a positive program here. Nor 
do I expect to accept as representing the deliber- 
ate expression of the intelligence and will of a 
sovereign people some temporary whim or 
catchy slogan which may have caught the 
popular fancy. On the contrary, I expect to 
have positive convictions as to how best this 
College may serve the Commonwealth and to 
publicly express those convictions upon every 
suitable occasion and to urge them with all the 
force and skill that I possess. After having done 
this, however, 1 conceive it to be my duty to 
abide by the will of the majority of the people 
of the State as represented by the edicts of their 
representatives, the Board of Trustees, the 
Legislature and the executive officials of the 
state, and to endeavor to work out their ex- 

pressed wishes in the most effective \va\ that 
may be possible. Perhaps my thirty-five' years 
of experience as a student, faculty member and 
administrative officer of a state institution of 
teaching or research has inculcated this idea in 
me more strongly than otherwise would be true 
or than may be the case with other men in my 

Hence, it is not possible for me to announce 
in definite terms at this time what my policies 
as president of the College are to be. I can, how- 
ever, present a very definite statement of the 
principles or con\ictions which will guide my 
attempts toward the fulfilment of the task and 
the opportunil>' which I am now facing. This I 
will now endeavor to do. 

Confidence in America's Future 

In the first place, I ha\e a profound convic- 
tion, resulting in a sublime faith, that in this 
.American democracy right will always ulti- 
mateU prcNail. I know that there are many 
sincere and patriotic citizens who are actually 
fearful for the future of our democracy. But I 
have not forgotten what was to me the supreme 
lesson of the World War, namely that our 
democracy can meet any emergency that comts 
to it. It seems to me that the real lesson of our 
participation in the War has been lost sight of 
during recent days but I belie\e that luture 
historians will not fail to note it and that it will 
become a part of the fabric of our national being 
as it has of my own personal experience. That 
lesson is two-lold in its character, but single in 
its effect. 

First, there is an unfailing confidence in 
.America's future as a democracy based upon its 
successful meeting of the supreme emergency. 
Prior to our entrance into the War, we were a 
nation at peace. We were thinking, planning, 
working solely on the arts of peace. Prepared- 
ness for war had no place in our individual minds 
and no serious part in our government policies. 
I am not one of those who deprecate this fact. 
Rather, I glory in it. I want to live in a country 
whose every plan is directed toward the ways 
of peace. If I had wanted to live in a nation 
whose principal object was preparing for war, I 
would long ago have mo\ed to Germany. But 
suddenly this peaceful nation was called upon to 
enter the War. We met the call with a spirit 
and success that astounded the world. To be 
sure we made mistakes which were costly in 
time, men and money. But the astonishing thing 
is that we were able so soon to rectify those mis- 
takes and in such a mar\elously short time to 
organize our wealth, our intlustries, our agri- 
culture and our people into such an efficient war 

Hence, my unfailing confidence in America's 
future. If we could do so well the job which we 
hale and abhor, war, what can we not do at the 
task which we lo\e and respect, peace. 
Righteousness Prevails 

In the second place, the War taught that, in 
the end, righleoiisncis prevails. Whatever may 
have been the pretext upon which it started and 
whomever may have been responsible lor the 
first overt act, b>' the time we entered it it was 
apparent that the war was a life-and-death 
.struggle between the age-old idea that "might 
makes right" and the newer principle of free 
peoples that "right is might." The Kaiser, with 
his dream of world dominion and his blasphem- 
ous assumption that "mtch und Gott" should 
rule everywhere, could not stand before the 
followers of the great Teacher of the Fatherhood 
of (iod and the Brotherhood of Man. Hertce, 
we approach every new task, however perplex- 
ing it may appear and however uncertain we 
may be as to just how it is all going to work out, 
with a new and supreme assurance that in the 
end righteousness will prevail, right will triumph. 

This then is the basis for my confidence in the 
future of our public institutions. As a result, I 
am accepting a position of administrative re- 
sponsibility in one of them with a feeling of 
optimism as to the future, and with a certain 
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calmness of mind and philosophical expectation 
that the way will open up as the necessities arise. 
What may be uncertain or indefinite now will 
stand forth in clarity when the time for action 

Education Is Safeguard 

The next principle which stands before me as 
a beacon light to progress is my belief that 
education as a safeguard to democracy is no 
longer open to question. Through and beyond 
the discussions of the details of how many and 
what kinds of boys and girls should come to 
this College there lies the fundamental American 
principle that we want just as many of our citi- 
zens to be as highly educated as it is possible 
for them to be. For us there can be no aris- 
tocracy of education. For us the development 
of profound scholarship is secondary to educa- 
tion for citizenship. The safety of any democ- 
racy rests upon the degree of this education for 
citizenship which its people possess. This has 
never been so clearly and so certainly demon- 
strated as recently in Russia. Of the wisdom 
of state-supported education for citizenship 
through the grades of the public schools and the 
high schools there has been no question since the 
earliest days of public education in this country. 
I believe that there is now no serious doubt of 
the wisdom of extending the possibilities of 
publicly-supported education through the col- 
legiate grades. The influence of the great state 
universities of the West upon the standards and 
quality of citizenship sets an example for our 
older eastern states which is worthy of serious 

Favors Publicly-Supported Collegiate 

To my mind the question as to whether ade- 
quate opportunities for education of collegiate 
grade are now open to all worthy youth of this 
Commonwealth has not yet been satisfactorily 
answered. The fact that only a few properly 
qualified residents of Massachusetts who have 
applied for admission to college this year have 
been rejected because of limited enrolment regu- 
lations, does not fully answer the question. It 
does signify, of course, that nearly every young 
man or woman who had sufficient funds in sight 
to justify a reasonable hope on his part that he 
might be able to meet the admittedly high and 
rising cost of college education (including the 
generally increased and likely to still further 
increase tuition charges) and hence felt free to 
plan for such education and to apply for admis- 
sion at one or several colleges, finally succeeded 
in securing entrance in one of them and is now 
on the desired road. But what of the host of 
worthy young people to whom the mounting 
tuition and residence costs of college education 
offered a serious discouragement, if not an in- 
surmountable barrier, to their hopes for further 
education. Our contacts with the people of the 
State who are in the middle or lower family 
income groups lead us to know that the number 

quire into most efficient use, to the benefit of 
themselves and the Commonwealth. It be- 
comes for them real "education for Citizenship." 
Hence, entirely apart from the question of 
whether additional opportunities for it should 
be provided here at Massachusetts Agricultural 
College, I shall desire to champion the cause of 
an adequate opportunity for publicly-supported 
collegiate education for worthy young men and 
women of our state who are not financially able 
to acquire it elsewhere, as earnestly and as 
widely as I may find opportunity to do so. 

Vocational Education 

Coming now to the question of what kind of 
education should be offered at this College, 1 
find myself armed with certain very positive 
convictions as to the guiding principles to be 
observed. This is one of the so-called "land- 
grant" colleges, originally established as a con- 
sequence of the Federal enactment commonly 
known as the Morrill Act, which had as its 
avowed purpose "the liberal and practical edu- 
cation of the industrial classes in the several 
pursuits and professions of life." I think that 
there is no doubt that the author of that phrase 
sought to convey the idea that it was the intent 
and desire of this new legislation to put within 
the reach of those who were not then able to 
acquire it, an opportunity for the same edu- 
cational privileges and opportunities that mem- 
bers of other classes of society enjoyed. It 
should be noted that the original act did not 
specify that it was to be the purpose of these 
colleges to give training for the practice of 
agriculture and the mechanic arts; but instead 
"Without excluding other scientific and classical 
studies, to teach such branches of learning as 
are related to agriculture and the mechanic arts 
in such manner as the legislature of the states 
may respectively prescribe, in order to promote 
the liberal and practical education of the in- 
dustrial classes in the several pursuits and pro- 
fessions of life." Unfortunately, however, the 
idea developed, in some states, at least, that 
this new type of college was to have a different 
purpose than that of existing colleges. It was 
thought that the purpose was to educate stu- 
dents for certain particular vocations in life, 
rather than to offer to those persons of certain 
classes, to whom such training was not then 
available, "education for the several pursuits and 
professions of life." Hence, in half the states of 
the Union, the new college was set up as a 
separate educational unit, sometimes having 
different entrance requirements, standards of 
work and graduation requirements for what 
came to be called "vocational education" in 
agriculture and the mechanic arts, than pre- 
vailed in other colleges. Also, there was the 
undeniable fact that the body of scientific 
knowledge to form the general basis and back- 
ground of the curricula of instruction in these 
colleges was not as well organized or as well 
suited to educational uses as was that which 
had served for decades as the foundation for , 
the courses of study in other types of colleges. 
Fortunately, however, the conception that edu 

of such young people is now very much greater cation in these "land grant colleges" was to be 

than ever before in our country's history. Our 
experience with the young men and women of 
this group who come to this College fully justi- 
fies the conclusion that they are the most valu- 
able timber possible for that structure of an 
educated citizenship which is our goal. They 
have no other motive for coming to college than 
to acquire an education. They have been accus- 
tomed by their home surroundings to the idea 
and necessity of striving hard and earnestly for 
whatever is worth while in life. This reflects | 
itself in a quality of class-room work by these 
students which is often noted and commented 
upon favorably by teachers who meet, either 
simultaneously or in near juxtaposition as to 
time, classes in colleges such as ours and in 
colleges where the major part of the students do 
not have the same background and motive for 
educational endeavor. Further, these students 
expect to, and our alumni group proves that they 
actually do, put the education which they ae- 

on a lower plane than that of other education 
"for the several pursuits and professions of life" 
was later abandoned, and I think that there are 
now few if any exceptions to the rule that the 
standards of education in those colleges are as 
high as those of other types of colleges in the 
same educational communities. Also, great 
progress has been made in bringing well organ- 
ized material and pedagogically sound methods 
of instruction into the class-rooms .and labora- 
tories of these colleges. 

Unfortunately, however, there still persists in 
the minds of many persons the idea that the 
purpose of "vocational education" is to impart 
handicraft skill in the practice of some vocation. 
As applied to agriculture, this is said to mean 
that the purpose of an agricultural college cur- 
riculum should be to teach students "how to 
farm," and that if its graduates do not go im- 
mediately into the practice of farming their 
education must be at fault. 

Its Purpose 

To my mind this "trade school" conception 
of vocational education is wholly erroneous as 
applied to those institutions which are estab- 
lished to provide "liberal and practical educa- 
tion in the several pursuits and professions of 
life." In the first place, handicraft skill is more 
easily and more efficiently acquired in the 
actual practice of the vocation or profession 
than in any school or college class-room or 
laboratory under purely aitificial conditions of 
working. In the second place, the mere routine 
repetition of some mechanical operation again 
and again until the operator is skillful from the 
handicraft standpoint has little educational 
value. And finally the time and practice re- 
quired to give even a modicum of handicraft 
skill m only a few of the practices involved in 
any common vocation of life would mean such 
narrow specialization of effort as to defeat that 
liberal" education which is our goal and which 
IS the "education for citizenship" which justifies 
expenditure of public funds for its promotion. 

The Difference 

From my standpoint, vocational education 
differs from ordinary academic, scientific, or 
so-called "cultural" education not in standards 
of quality or thoroughness of development of 
those attributes of soul, mind and body which 
characterize the educated person; but only in 
the method and materials used in imparting 
these desirable characteristics and in the en- 
hancing and dignifying of the circumstances and 
surroundings of life in a given vocation. Vo- 
cational education requires the use of things 
near at hand and a part of the environment of 
that vocation as the material for imparting that 
keenness of perception, logic in analysis and 
deduction, and ability to meet and solve the 
problems of physical and social environment 
which is the objective of this type of education. 
Too often, in the past at least, education has 
dealt chiefly with things far remote in time and 
place from the present or future surroundings of 
the student. This has had the unfortunate effect 
of enhancing and dignifying these things and 
the consequent belittling of the affairs of every- 
day life as objects of interest and valuB. What 
can put a future citizen out of harmony with his 
physical, social and civic environment more than 
to inculcate in him the idea that foreign things 
are finer, more dignified and more worthy of 
admiration than are home surroundings. What 
can injure his future success and pleasure in the 
pursuit of some special vocation in life more 
than to give him a distorted conception of the 
relative rank and dignity of other professions 
or vocations than his own. Our first object, 
therefore, is to dignify and ennoble as pursuits 
in life those vocations from which our students 
come or to which they expect to go, and so to 
aid in establishing that contented and prosper- 
ous rural and industrial citizenship which is the 
bulwark of safety to our democracy. 

We cannot accomplish these ideals unless we 
provide the very best of scientific and academic 
teaching in those fields of knowledge which con- 
tribute to the welfare of agriculture and rural 
life. This leads to the possibility, even the cer- 
tainty, that students will desire to come here to 
pursue courses of study in those branches of 
learning as ends in themselves. Thus inadver- 
tently and without intent on our part we may 
become, or indeed may have already become a 
"school of science" as well as a vocational col- 
lege of agriculture, in fact if not in name. I do 
not see how this can well be avoided if we are 
to provide here the facilities for the kind of 
education in agricultural science and practice 
for which we are established. 

His Aim 

We cannot, if we would, bind each entering 
freshman with a promise that he will engage in 
farming as a vocation. The college course is 
always an opportunity for the student to find 
himself and to survey the fields of opportunity 
which are open to him. Often his hopes and 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, Nov. 25, 1927 

desires are entirely different on graduation day 
than they were on entrance day. To try to exact 
any direct or implied promise of choice of vo- 
cation at the beginning of his course would 
stultify the educational process. 

But since this is an agricultural college, we 
will surround the student during his four-year's 
course here with conditions which tend to make 
attractive and to dignify the vocations of agri- 
culture as a life work and to emphasize the de- 
sirability and worthiness of rural home life. 
Here he will be confronted continually with the 
idea that agriculture as a science and as an art 
challenges the best that is within the realm of 
thought and endeavor of the human mind. Here 
he will never find that derisive attitude toward 
the country dweller which is reflected by the 
expressions "hick", "hayseed", or "clod-hop- 
per". He will be better able when he graduates 
than when he entered to determine what are 
the possibilities for and needs of Educated Men 
in the various types of agricultural pursuits and 
to decide concerning his adaptability to these. 
Also, he will have received a background and 
an outlook which will prepare him as a citizen 
to participate wisely and helpfully in the con- 
sideration and final determination of public 
policies with reference to agricultural develop- 
ment and rural, social and economic welfare. 

In the end, the life-work of each of our grad- 
uates will be determined by the economic oppor- 
tunities which open to him. That is the Ameri- 
can way. But whether or no any given alumnus 
of this College finds a satisfactory opportunity 
to start life on a farm or in some one of the 
many allied occupations which constitute the 
structure of modern agriculture, he cannot leave 
this campus without having a better idea of the 
possibilities, requirements, ideals and relative 
social, economic and intellectual worth of this 
vocational field than he had when he came here. 
To my mind this represents vocational education 
of collegiate grade at its best. 

Name of Minor Importance 
Since I came to this campus, I have heard and 
seen in the public press frequent discussions of 
the question of whether the name of this insti- 
tution ought not to be changed or else its scope 
arid activities modified in some way. I must 
confess that to me that matter of the name is 
of minor importance, unless it should appear 
that this is an actual misnomer which inter- 
feres with the fundamental purpose of the in- 
stitution to provide "liberal and practical edu- 
cation of the industrial classes for the several 
pursuits and professions of life," or limits in 
some way the possibilities of its graduates to 
bring to the Commonwealth the benefits of their 
"education for citizenship." The honored place 
of this institution among the colleges of the 
country and the esteem and respect with which 
its graduates are received everywhere seem to 
indicate that in the past at least its name has 
been no handicap. Whether the changing eco- 
nomic and civic conditions of the future will 
make a change desirable, time alone can tell. 
Possible Scope 
As to the possible scope of the work of the 
College in the future, I think that it is probable 
that this College will soon come to have a very 
definite and clearly defined place in the educa- 
tional system of the State. I have indicated my 
profound conviction that it is not only desirable 
but essential to the future of democracy that 
educational opportunities shall not be limited to 
our wealthier classes but that every young man 
or woman in the State who has an earnest desire 
to secure the best possible "education for citi- 
zenship" shall have an opportunity to do so. 
Whether that opportunity now exists I cannot 
say. What the State will do in the future in 
the support of collegiate education for its 
citizens is, of course, a question of state policy 
which is yet to be determined. I regard it as a 
hopeful indication that the interest of the 
original Pilgrim fathers in the education of their 
children is still an active part of New England 
thought and conduct, that these matters of 

educational policy occupy so important a place 
in public thought and discussion as they ap- 
parently do. \\'hat shall be the place of this 
College in the educational system of the State 
is, of course, the State's problem. We are the 
State's institution. I think that I voice the 
sentiment of the entire institution when 1 say 
that we stand ready to do our best to perform 
every public service that is assigned to us. 
Further, we shall be free to suggest what seem 
to us to be opportunities for service in our field 
as they become apparent to us; but we will ex- 
pect to abide cheerfully by the will of the 
majority as it is expressed to us by the repre- 
sentatives of the people of the State, in the 
final decision of these questions. Otherwise we 
would not be loyal and efficient public servants. 
We may expect to be leaders of public opinion 
in these matters in so far as our leadership is 
right and sound and carries conviction with it, 
since in the end "right is might." 

But, however these details of college and state 
policy may work out in the future, it is nn- 
earnest hope and ambition that we will always 
stand as proud exemplars of the best type of 
that vocational education which .seeks to dignify 
and ennoble the agricultural and industrial pur- 
suits of life and to fit individual students for 
successful, intelligent and contented occupation 


of some worthy vocation as citizens of 
great democrac>'. To this end and for this 
purpose I am hopefully lacing the duties, and 
the opportunities of the Presidency of the 
Massachusetts Agricultural College. 

Inauguration Program 

2.00 p. m. .-Xcademic Procession 

From the Memorial Building to Stockbridge 
Hall led by Grand Marshal, N. Butler 
Briscoe, Major, Cavalry, U.S.A. 
2.30 p. m. Order of E.xercises. 

Stockbridge Hall. Conducted by William 
Lawson Machmcr, A.M., Dean of the 
Organ I^roccssional 

March of the IViests Mendelssohn 


Rev. John A. IIawle>, Pastor First Con- 
gregational Church, Amherst. 
Induction of the President. 

Payson Smith, LL.D., Litt.D., Commis- 
sioner of Education representing His Ex- 
cellencj-. Governor Alvan T. I"ullei, Presi- 
dent of the Board of Trustees. 
Response of the President. 
Addresses of Greeting 

On behalf of the Delegates 

Daniel L. Marsh, Litt.D., D.D., LL.D., 
President of Boston University. 
On behalf of the Faculty 

Frank A. Waugh, M.Sc, Professor of Land- 
scape Gardening. 
On behalf of the Alumni 

Philip F. Whitmore '15, President of the 
Associate Alumni. 
On behalf of the Undergraduates 

John F. Quinn '27, President of the Student 
Hymn — "Faith of our Fathers" 

Tune, "St. Catherine" 
The Inaugural Address. 

The President of the College. 

Rev. Arthur Lee Kinsolving, Rector, Grace 
Episcopal Church, Amherst. 
Organ Recessional. 
4.30 p. m. Reception 

By President and Mrs. Thatcher to the 
delegates, invited guests, faculty and 
alumni. Memorial Hall. 
7.00 p. m. Inaugural Banquet for official dele- 
gates in Draper Hall. Fred D. Griggs, M 
A.C. '13, Toastmaster. 

\a\c University: Clair F. Luther, B.A., B.D., 
President VVestern Massachusetts Divinity 
School Association. 

Dartmouth College; Charles R. Lingley, Ph.D., 

Chairman, Department of History. 
University of X'ermont: Joseph L. Hi 

Dean of the College of Agriculture 

Williams College: Harry A. Garfield 

LL.D., President. 

Is, Sc.D., 


Delegates from Colleges 
and Universities 

Harvard University: Thomas N. Carver, Ph.D., 
LL.D., Professor of Political Economy. 

Bowdoin College: Harry deForest Smith, M.A., 

Professor Greek, Amherst College. 
University of Tennessee: Clifford J. Fuller, Esq. 
Middlebury College: Duane Leroy Robinson, 

A.M., Secretary of the Faculty. 
United States Military Academy: Eustis L. 
^ Hubbard, Major, Cavalry, U.S.A. 
Norwich University: S. Francis Howard, Ph.D., 

Professor of Chemistry. 1§.A.C. '94. 
Colby College: George F. Parmenter, Ph.D., 

Sc.D., Professor of Chemistry. M.A.C. '00. 
Amherst College: Arthur Stanley Pease, Ph.D., 

Hobart College: Murray Bartlett, D.D., LL.D., 

Trinity College: Frank C. Babbitt, Ph.D., L.H. 
D., Professor of Greek and Secretary of the 
Wesleyan University: George A. Hill, Ph.D., 

Prolessor Chemistry. 
University of Delaware: Charles A. McCule, 

S.B., Dean of the School of Agriculture. 
Mount Holyoke College: iMary E. Woolley, 
Litt.D., L.H.p., LL.D., President. 
Florence Puringion, Litt.D., Dean. 
University of Missouri: W. W. Chenoweth, 
M.S., Professor of Horticultural Manufac- 
tures, Massachusetts Agricultural College. 
Unixersity of Wisconsin: John C. Graham, B.S., 
Professor Poultry Husbandry, Massachusetts 
Agricultural College. 
University of Minnesota: John D. Black, Ph.D., 
Professor of Economics, Harvard LIniversity. 
Tufts College: Clarence P. Houston, LL.B., 

Professor of Commerical Law. 
Pennsylvania State College: Ciuy \'. Glatfelter, 
M.Sc., .Assistant Professor of Animal Hus- 
bandry, Massachusetts Agricultural College. 
iVIichigan Slate College: Herman H. Halladay, 

D.\'.M., Secretary of Board of Trustees. 
University of Maine: Lamert S. Corbett, M.S., 

Professor of -Animal Industry. M.A.C. '09. 
Kansas State Agricultural College: Fred C. 
Sears, M.S., Professor of Pomology, Massa- 
chusetts Agricultural College. 
Bates College: Frederic W. Plummer, Ped.D., 

Principal High School, Northampton, Mass. 
Cornell University: Albert R. Alann, A.M., 

Dean of College of Agriculture. 
Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Captain Ralph 
Earle, L'. S. Navy, D.Sc, D.Eng., President. 
University of New Hampshire: Edward Morgan 

Lewis, LL.D., President. 
Boston L'niversity: Daniel L. Marsh, Litt.D., 

D.D., LL.D., President. 
Iowa State College: Joseph S. Chamberlain, 
Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, Massachusetts 
Agricultural College. 
University of Nebraska: Julius H. F'randsen, 
M.S. A., Professor of Animal and Dairy Hus- 
bandry, Massachusetts Agricultural College. 
Purdue University: Robert B. Stearns, Vice- 
President, Eastern Massachusetts Street Rail- 
way Company, Boston, Mass. 
Syracuse University: Reuben Lovell Nye, M. 

Agr., Dean, Slocum College of -Agriculture. 
University of Arkansas: William D. Gray, 

Ph.D., Professor of History, Smith College. 
Smith College: Laura W. L. Scales, B.L., 

-Alabama Polytechnic Institute: Edward W. 
Dillard, Electrical Engineer, New England 
Power Co. 
\"irginia .Agric. and Mech. College: Ivanhoe H. 
Sclater, General Electric Co., Pittsfield, Mass. 
Wcllesley College: Helen Isabel Davis, B.A., 
Assistant Professor of Horticulture and Land- 
scape Gardening. 

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(Continued from Page 5) 
Agric. and Mech. College of Texas: Sam !■'. 

Brewster, B.S., Massachusetts Agricultural 

Radcliffe College; Florence A. Gragg, Ph.D., 

Professor of Latin Language and Literature, 

Smith College. 
Connecticut Agricultural College: Benjamin W. 

Ellis, B.Sc, Director of Extension Service. 

M.A.C. '13. 
South Dakota State College: Howard A. Powers, 

A.IVI., Fellow in Geology, Harvard University. 
International Y.M.C.A. College: Laurence L. 

Doggett, D.D., Ph.D., President. 
Oregon State Agricultural College; Fred E. 

Ewart, M.S., General Electric Co., Lynn, 

Clark University; ,David Potter, M.S., Assist- 
ant Professor of Biology. M.A.C. '16. 
State College of Washington: Fred F. Flanders, 

University of Idaho; Talbot Jennings, A.M. 
Rhode Island State College; John Barlow, A.M., 

Montana State College: Fred S. Cooley, B.S., 

Former Director of Extension Service. M.A.C. 

Simmons College; Alice Frances Blood, Ph.D., 

Professor of Dietetics and Director of the 

School of Household Economics. 
Connecticut College: Elizabeth DuBois Bache, 

A.M., Associate Professor of Home Economics. 

Alice Cowles Fairchild, A.M., Assistant Pro- 
fessor of Home Economics. 
Wheaton College: Sylvia F. Meadows, A.B., 

Member of Board of Trustees. 
University of the State of New York: Charles 

P. Forbes, B.A., Editor, New York State 

Education Department. 
American International College; G. H. D. 

L'Amoureux, M.A., Professor of History. 
New Jersey Agric. Experiment Station; Herbert 

J. Baker, B.S., Director of Extension Service. 

M.A.C. 'il. 
New York State Agric. Experiment Station; 

Ulysses P. Hedrick, D.Sc, Vice-Director and 

Connecticut Agric. Experiment Station; William 

L. Slate, Jr., B.S.A., Director. 
Fitchburg Normal School: John L. Randall, 

M.S., Head of Department of Nature Study. 
Lowell Textile School; Charles H. Fames, S.B., 

Westfield Normal School; Charles B. Wilson, 

Ph.D., Sc.D., Head of Science Department. 
Worcester Normal School; William B. Aspin- 

wall, Ph.D., Principal. 

In addition to the Aggie alumni listed among 
the delegates from colleges and universities there 
were sixty-eight present as representatives of 
alumni classes and clubs. 

Class Representatives 

William D. Russell '71, Edwin B. Smead '71, 
Wilson M. Tucker w'71, John B .Minor '73, Dr. 
Joseph E. Root '76, Atherton Clark '77, Alvin R. 
Wilson '77, Dr. Frederick Tuckerman '78, George 
P. Smith '79, John L. Smith w'81, Morris B. 
Kingman '82, George Cutler w'84, David F. 
Carpenter '86, Evan F. Richardson '87, Edwin 
H. Dickinson '88, Samuel H. Field '88, Burt L. 
Hartwell '89, Frank O. Williams '90, Dr. Harvey 
T. Shores '91, Henry M. Thomson '92, Fred A. 
Smith '93, Walter L. Morse '95, Asa S. Kinney 
'96, Gerald D. Jones '03, Walter B. Hatch '05, 
Edwin F. Gaskill '06, F. Civille Pray '06, 
Arthur W. Hall '06, Frederick C. Peters '07, 
Theoren L. Warner '08, Arthur W. Hubbard '09, 
Paul E. Alger '09, Myron S. Hazen '10, Percy 
W. Pickard '11, Benjamin G. Southwick '12, 
Ezra I. Shaw '12, Fred D. Griggs '13, Allister F. 
MacDougall '13, Roland A. Payne '14, Philip 
F. Whitmore '15, George A. Day '16, Linus H. 
Jones '16, Ernest S. Russell '16, Merril P. Warner 
'17, Flavel M. Gifford '18, Louis M. Lyons '18, 
Douglass H. Huntoon '19, Clarence F. Clark '22, 
Allen S. Leland '2-t, Charles R. McGeoch '25, 

No More "Cow Colleges" 

President Thatcher Defines 
Vocational Efiucation 

President Roscoe W. Thatcher, speaking be- 
fore more than three hundred members of the 
New England Association of School Superin- 
tendents meeting at the State House, Boston, 
November 10, presented to his audience his 
views regarding vocational education. 

"That vocational education means acquiring 
skill is a relic of an old idea," said President 
Thatcher. He defined vocational education as 
the effort to give to prospective citizens an 
education which fits them for citizenship, using 
as part of their citizenship the practice of a 

Handicraft skill cannot be economically ac- 
quired by students under the articiticial condi- 
tions of a school, he observed, adding, that the 
best way to acquire vocational skill is in the 
practice of a vocation. 

"The term 'cow college' is rapidly fading from 
use as applied to the vocational education col- 
lege," said President Thatcher. "There is some 
basis at present for thinking that these schools 
are of slightly lower grade, tor their pedagogical 
material is not as well worked out as that of 
the older colleges. But the idea is erroneous that 
vocational schools are undignified because they 
work with materials near at hand and not with 
a knowledge of things that are ancient and far 
off and remote." 

"Vocational education has no different stand- 
ard and no greatly different ends than other 
kinds of education, namely, to produce an edu- 
cated man," he said. "It has just as high 
standards, ideals and objectives as any other 
type of education." 

"It is my firm belief that vocational education 
has no different standard and no greatly differ- 
ent ends than other kinds of education. The 
object is to train for citizenship by giving a good 

"In vocational education the surrounding 
things are just as noble and dignified and 
worthy of study as anything more remote," he 
continued. "Vocational education seeks to 
educate the heart and mind of the student, 
using as a vehicle those things that are close to 
the vocation he is to follow." 

Women's Council Plans Drive 

The Women's Council of M.A.C. at its meet- 
ing following the inauguration ceremonies of 
President Thatcher on October 28 took under 
advisement the raising of a $4000 fund for the 
purpose of securing equipment for a practice 
house for women students in rural home life. 
The raising of this fund is contingent upon the 
action of the State Legislature in appropriating 
funds to provide the house. Mrs. George U. 
Crocker of Boston, a member of the council, 
was named chairman of a committee to consider 
the plan to raise the .$4000. 

Garabed K. Mouradian '25, J. Emerson Green- 
away '27, Roger M. Cobb '27, Charles F. Clagg 
'27, Clarence H. Parsons '27. 

Alumni Club Representatives 
George E. Erickson '19, Middlesex County 
Alumni Club; Jasper Marsh '95, Essex County 
Alumni Association; Ira C. Greene '94, M.A.C. 
Alumni Club of Fitchburg; Winford F. Adams 
'13, North Franklin County Alumni Associa- 
tion; Allen L. Dresser '24, M.A.C. Club of 
Hartford; Erford W. Poole, '96, M.A.C. Club of 
New Bedford; Roger M. Cobb '27, M.A.C. Club 
of Providence; Charles N. Baxter '98, M.A.C. 
Club of New Haven; Ralph W. Howe '13, 
M.A.C. Club of Southern \'ermont; Willard K. 
French '19, Worcester County M.A.C. Alumni 
Club; Parke W. Farrar '08, M.A.C. Club of 
Hampden County; James E. Harper '15, 
Greater Boston Alumni Club; Irving B. Stafford 
'19, M.A.C. Club of Syracuse. 


Aggie's first official Dad's Day was most suc- 
cessfully observed on Saturday, November 12, 
when over 125 dads visited the College to meet 
the faculty and to see their sons at work and 
at play. 

Dads came to Amherst from all parts of the 
State and even from points as distant as New 
Jersey to participate in the program. During 
the morning hours they visited the buildings and 
points of interest about the campus. They also 
met informally with members of the faculty in 
Memorial Hall. 

The afternoon program was replete with 
moments of interest and excitement during the 
annual freshman-sophomore six-man rope pull 
and the annual gridiron contest between these 
two classes. The sophomores won the six-man 
rope pull by a scant four inches, but they lost 
the football contest to the clever freshman team 
by a 6-0 score. Between the halves of the foot- 
ball game the College band, led by Harold K. 
Ansell '29, gave a concert. 

In the evening, a banquet attended by more 
than 350 dads, their sons and daughters, pro- 
vided an opportunity for President Thatcher to 
address the gathering, after which all adjourned 
to Bowker Auditorium where each fraternity 
and the sorority gave short sketches. 

Delta Phi Gamma, a sorority, was winner of 
the cup offered by the Academic Activities Board 
for the best and most appropriate entertain- 
ment. Musical and dancing acts comprised the 
chief forms of entertainment offered. 

Amherst Escapes Flood 

The Connecticut Valley flood which occurred 
on November 5, 1927 was an eye-opener to the 
people in the vicinity of the College, for not 
since 1854 has the river been so high or done so 
much damage. Fortunately, Amherst was out 
of the flood area. In Hadley the river came up 
over the main road from the bridge to North- 
ampton, as far east as Hopkins Academy in the 
center of the town, completely flooding the 
meadows south of the main road to Hockanum, 
and the area to the north, back of the railroad 
station to the North Hadley road. The common 
on West Street was also under water. It gave 
one a slight perception of what the Mississippi 
flood must have been to see the inhabitants of 
West Street houses being removed in row boats; 
to see the people leaving their homes with their 
bjlongings tied up in blankets; and to see canoes 
tied up to the front steps of many of the houses 
on the Northampton road in Hadley. In South 
Hadley Falls the river was almost level with 
the floor of the bridge and a tremendous amount 
of water came flooding over the dam. Many of 
the sections of Springfield and West Springfield 
were completely under w-ater, and some sections 
of Sunderland were also inundated. 

Newton Shultis '96 Presents Gifts 

Newton Shultis '96, donor of many other gifts 
to the College, recently presented the College 
with a group of five valuable steel engravings. 
The pictures, which are very large and hand- 
somely framed, bear the following titles; "The 
Huguenot", "Daniel Webster", "The United 
States Senate 1850 A.D.", "The International 
Exhibition, Philadelphia, 1876", and "On the 
March to the Sea". 

Aggie Wins at National Dairy Show 

Leo L. F. Allen, of Athol, a member of the 
senior class and representing M.A.C. on the 
dairy products judging team, won three gold 
medals and a silver trophy at the National 
Dairy Show, Memphis, Tenn., on October 17. 
Mr. Allen placed first in judging milk and ice 
cream and won first place in the judging of all 
dairy products. The M.A.C. team won first 
place in the judging of ice cream. 

Fourteen colleges and universities were repre- 
sented in the contests. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, Nov. 25, 1927 



Light work-outs are being held regularly for 
the relay team, which has several interesting 
meets coming during the winter. No doubt, 
the team will be made up of three of last year's 
veterans; namely, Captain Schappelle, J. Stanley- 
Hall, and John Kay, also Frederic Clemmings, 
who was a member of the team two years ago 


The basketball season opens on January 4 
with a home game scheduled against Fitchburg. 
The team will be built around the three letter 
men of last year; namely. Captain Roland Reed, 
Howard Thomas, and Leslie McEwen. Con- 
siderable material will be available from the 
undefeated freshman team of last year, among 
whom was Fred Ellert and Raymond Mann, 
both members of this j'ear's football team, and 
Oscar Burbank. 


The football season closed on November 19 
with a defeat for Aggie by the unbeaten Tufts 
team 32-6. The game was one of the best games 
played by Aggie during the past year. Regard- 
less of the score, it was a good fight from start 
to finish by a team which averaged fifteen pounds 
per man lighter than their opponents. 

Two weeks previous to the Tufts game, 
Springfield College won 26-0. Aggie put up a 
game fight in the first half, holding the Red and 
White to a solitary touchdown. In the second 
half, the reserve material used by Springfield 
was too powerful for the tiring Aggie team, which 
had four of its regulars in the infirmary and 
several of the other first string men suflfering 
from injuries. 

Teams Lack Weight and Material 

Amherst, Mass., Now 25, 1927. 
To the Alumni — 

Realizing that many of the alumni who are 
away from the campus have little opportunity 
to know the reasons for the failure or success of 
athletic teams in winning games, I want to go 
on record to the efl'ect that the failure of the 
football team to win games this fall has been 
due to lack of suitable material and in no way 
reflects upon the coaching ability of Mi. Gore. 
The Class of 1926 contained one of the strong- 
est football delegations of any class since 1916 
and with its graduation we were in much the 
same predicament as we were in 1916. Since 
that time we have been looking forward to an 
entering class that would put us back on our 
feet but it is not yet in sight. 

Lack of weight proved a hea\y handicap to 
our team this fall and no doubt was the cause of 
more injuries than have occurred in many years. 
Our team that faced Springfield averaged 157.5 
pounds and was outweighed at least 15 pounds 
per man, while against Tufts we were forced to 
concede a weight advantage of 19 pounds per 
man. In the Amherst game our quarterback, 
Quinn, had his hip dislocated, Kneeland, one of 
our best halfbacks, had both bones in his arm 
broken above the wrist, and our fullback, Rud- 
quist, received a concussion. 

One of the reasons why we are not getting 
more athletes is due to the fact that our en- 
trance requirements are stricter than those of 
other New England State Colleges. However. 
I think you will agree with me that we would 
not consider for a moment the lowering of our 
entrance requiiements to meet this competition. 
As head of the department I wish to say that 
I consider that Mr. Gore is doing a fine piece of 
work with the kind of material he has given to 
him. I do not know of any coach in New England 
whom I consider in any sense to be in his class 
as an instructor and leader of men. 

General Manager of Athletics. 


Two college presidents. Dr. R. W. Thatcher, 
Aggie's new executive, and Dr. A. S. Pease, 
president of Amherst College, participated as 
speakers at the laying, on October 18, of the 
cornerstone of the new $.300,000 Jones Library, 
which is now under construction on Amity St., 

The new salary classification bill for State 
employees recently approved by Governor Alvan 
T. Fuller is now in effect at the College. This 
new list increases the minimum and maximum 
limits in salaries for professors, officers, and 
other College employees by approximately twelve 
and one-half per cent. 



The combination of the inauguration of a 
new president and the .Amherst-Aggie game on 
the same week end was an inspiration to the 
fraternities, and every house on f-'leasant Street 
was decked in festive array on October 28-30. 
House dances were in order, and were well 
attended by alumni. 

The newly organized M.A.C. Outing Club is 
waging a campaign for membership this month. 
The group made a successful start last year, 
and bids fair to become a powerful influence for 
good on the Aggie campus. At present it is 
limiting its activities to Mount Toby, clearing 
new trails and building a cabin, but it hopes in 
the near future to develop into something much 
like the Dartmouth Outing Club. 

The Aggie Revue 

Tryouts and rehearsals for the Aggie Revue, 
the annual production given under the direction 
of the Roister Doisters, are now in progress. 
Short playlets and comic sketches will make up 
the program. The Re\ue will come Friday, 
December 9, and will be in charge of Frank 
Prentice Rand, general manager of academic 
activities, and Maxwell 11. Cioldberg '28, of 
Stoneham, Mass. 

The Glee Clubs 

Those who have had an opportunity to hear 
the Aggie Glee Clubs, both the men's and 
women's, can predict concerts this coming sea- 
son which will please and entertain their audi- 
ences^ Concerts will begin immediately after 
the Christmas holidays. Alumni or others who 
wish to secure the services of the clubs should 
communicate at the earliest possible date with 
Mr. John A, Kimball, Lambda Chi Alpha House, 
manager of the Men's Club, or with Miss Doro- 
thea Williams, Abigail Adams House, manager 
of the Women's Club. 

A silver loving cuj) has just been given to 
the military department in honor of Capt. 
Dwight Hughes, Jr., who has been transferred 
to Texas and who did so much to popularize 
horseback riding at the College. The cup will 
be awarded each year to the student who has 
shown the greatest interest in riding. 

A brilliant display of chrysanthemums formed 
the basis of the fall flower show at the College 
on November 5. The various exhibils dis[)la\ed 
by competing students called forth much fa\or- 
able comment from visitors. 

The tenth annual poultr\- and egg show at 
M.A.C, conducted by the poultry students, was 
held November 21 and 22. Farmers, conuner- 
cial poultrymen, students in agricultural schcjols, 
4-H club members and students of the College 
entered the exhibit competitions in dressed 
poultry and eggs. Prizes were gixen in each 
class by the College and the Stale Deiiarlmcnt 
of Agriculture. Miss Marion G. Pulley '19 of 
the poultry de|)arlment was secretary of the 

One hundred fifteen pedigreed Rliode Island 
Red chickens from the College flocks were re- 
cently shipped in specially constructed "drawing 
rooms" on a six thousand mile journey to Chile, 
South America. These pedigreed birds were 
purchased by the Chilean government for use 
as foundation stock on an experimental farm at 
the Santiago Experiment Station. 

The Index 

Copies of the 1928 Index as well as the 1929 
Index ma)' be ordered through the Alumni 
Oiificc. The price of each is .'$3.00. The latter 
publication comes off the press in Ma\', 1928. 

There are also a few copies of the 1922 Index 
available to those alumni who desire to com- 
plete their library sets. These may also be 
obtained from the .Alunmi Office while the 
suppb' holds out. 

High School Day Winners 

Make Good at Memphis 

Edward J. Burke, M.A.C. '10, who accom- 
panied the team representing the vocational 
agricultural schools in Massachusetts to the 
National Dairy Show, reports that the Massa- 
chusetts team placed fifth in judging cattle of 
all breeds, second in Ayrshires and fourth in 
Holsteins. Robert Cutler, a pupil at Smith 
Academy, Hatfield was second highest individ- 
ual in judging Guernseys. 

It will be remembered that the boys who 
made up the Massachusetts team qualified in 

M.A.C. Song Contest 

Have you started to write that M.A.C 
marching song? 

Write the Alunmi Office today for registration 

The following regulations govern the contest: 

1. The M.A.C. Song Contest is open to all 
four-)ear undergraduates and alunmi of the 
four-year course at M.A.C. 

2. Contestants may submit songs to the Song 
Judging Committee any time between this 
dale and Ma)' 1, 1928 and must apply to the 
Alumni Office for song contest registration cards 
before mailing in their compositions. 

o. The composition submitted nmst be origi- 
nal in both words and music. 

4. The composition must be an inspiring 
M.A.C. marching song. 

5. No contestant may submit more than one 

0. No more than two persons may be repre- 
sented in the authorship of one song. 

7. The music and words may be the compo- 
sition of one author or the music may be written 
by one person and the words by another. 

8. In the event that the winning composition 
represents joint authorship the prize will be 
divided equally between the two authors. 

9. The Song Judging Committee reserves the 
right to reject any or all songs submitted. 

10. All rights and copyrights of the winning 
song shall be the property of the Associate 
Alumni of M.A.C. 

The prize offered by the Alumni Academic Ac- 
tivities Club is SI 00. 

the contests held at M.A.C. on High School Day 
last spring. At the National Dairy Show con- 
tests a year ago Eric Moberg of Easthampton 
won first honors in Holsteins and second indi- 
vidual honors in all breeds. Mr. Moberg also 
qualified in the contests held at M.A.C. on 
High School Day. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, Nov. 25, 1927 


w'82 In The Nation for September 28, 1927, 
appeared an article by Donald Kirkley entitled 
"Americans We Like. Daniel Willard; A Sel- 
fish Man." It is an excellent pen portrait of the 
president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad 
and gives an insight into the reasons for Dr. 
Willard's attaining his enviable position and for 
the great respect his employees have for him. 
Concerning his brief stay at the M.A.C., Mr. 
Kirkley says, "Born in a respectable, fairly well- 
to-do Vermont farmhouse, young Dan decided 
to become a scientific farmer. Astigmatism not 
so easily corrected in those days, drove^ him 
from the agricultural college at nineteen..." 

'05 Grenville N. Willis is the district engineer 
in charge of repairs being made on the .state 
highways of Berkshire County, Mass., following 
the recent flood disaster. 

'07 Arthur W. Higgins, formerly president 
of the Old Deerfield Fertilizer Company, South 
Deerfield, Mass., has recently severed his con- 
nection with that company and is organizing a 
new company to give service to the great potato 
region of Aroostook County, Maine. A factory 
is now being built, and Mr. Higgins hopes this 
next season to have the factory in full time 

'07 Frederick C. Peters, president of the 
class of 1907, is a live wire member of tlie 
House of Representatives of the Pennsylvania 
Legislature, and has been appointed to many 
important committees of that body. He is also 
the proprietor of a laundry at Ardmore, Pa. 

'08 William L. Howe, who has been operat- 
ing the historic estate, Fairview Farm, Marl- 
boro, Mass., met with severe reverses when fire 
destroyed the barn and dairy plant on the 
property on November 10. The estate, which 
has been in the Howe faily over 250 years, being 
originally deeded to them by Indians, was 
formerly owned by Mr. Howe's father, the late 
Elmer D. Howe '81, who served the College as 
a member of its Board of Trustees for so many 

'12 C. E. Whitney's home and mail address 
is 197 Seventh Avenue North, Troy, New York. 
He is assistant purchasing agent for the firm of 
Fuller and Warren Co., of that city. 

'13 Ralph J. Borden, who for a number of 
years has been with the Kamehameha Schools, 
Hawaii Territory, and more lately has seen ser- 
vice with the State Normal Schools, was recently 
on the campus. Mr. Borden is shortly to take 
service as district manager for Hawaii with the 
Chilean Nitrate of Soda Educational Bureau, 
giving his particular attention to the great sugar 
cane industry of the Islands. This was Mr. 
Borden's first visit to the campus since his 
graduation fourteen years ago. 

'15 Frank W. Buell, who during the past six 
months has been residing in Korea, has now 
returned to Olympia, Washington. 

'16 William S. Coley is teaching chemistry 
and physics in the Central High School, Bridge- 
port, Conn., and is principal of the Bridgeport 
Evening High School. 

'16 Homer C. "Red" Darling has given up 
his position with the Del-Bay Farms, Bridgeton, 
N. J., and is residing at the old home farm, 
Mendon, Mass. He was on the campus recently 
and assisted "Kid" Gore whip the football team 
into shape for the Tufts game. 

'16 James T. Nicholson, assistant vice-chair- 
man of the American National Red Cross, is the 
representative in charge of the Red Cross flood 
relief activities at Burlington, Yt. 

'18 Franklin H. Canlett, 1st Lieut., 5th F.A., 
U.S.A., was visiting friends on the campus 
recently. He is stationed at Fort Bragg, N. C. 

'18 "Bob" Holmes, former Aggie three-letter 
man, was on the campus this fall and attended 
the Middlebury-YI.A.C. football game. He is in 
charge of a large floriculture establishment at 
Mt. Bruno Station, P.Q., Canada. 

'19 Raymond T. Parkhurst, has succeeded 
Professor Willard C. Thompson of Rutgers, New 
Jersey, as director of the National Poultry In- 

stitute at Harper Adams Agricultural College, 
New[)ort, Salop, England. Mr. Parkhurst took 
his major in poultry husbandry at M.A.C. Upon 
graduation he became Extension Professor in 
poultry husbandry at the Iowa Agricultural 
College. For the last four years he has been 
head of the poultry department at the Idaho 
Agricultural College. 

'19 Harold W. Poole has made an enviable 
reputation as athletic director and football coach 
at Melrose High School, Melrose, Mass. 

'19 Irving B. Stafford is teaching pomology 
in the College of Agriculture Syracuse, N. Y. 
He has recently written several articles on 
municipal markets which were published in the 
American City magazine. 

'19 C. Parker Whittle, Aggie's star back on 
the 1919 football team, is located at 112 Front 
St., Weymouth, Mass. 

'20 "Mort" Cassidy, formerly a member of 
the College staff, writes that he is now teaching 
at Punahon Academy, a preparatory school, 
Honolulu, T. H., and that save for infrequent 
visits home he expects to spend the rest of his 
life on the "Islands". 

'20 Alfred A. Clough is sales engineer for 
the Creamery Package Mfg. Co., Boston, Mass., 
one of the largest manufacturers and distribu- 
tors of dairy equipment, supplies and refriger- 
ation machinery in the country. 

'21 Irving E. Gray is teaching zoology at 
Tulane University, New Orleans, La. 

'21 Starr M. King is coaching athletics and 
is head of the chemistry department at Maiden 
High School, Maiden, Mass. 

'21 & '22 "Gid" Mackintosh and Conrad 
H. Roser are busily engaged in the landscape 
business at High Point, N. C. "Gid" had 
charge of the World Aggie Night meeting of 
the North Carolina Alumni Club this fall. 

'21 Fred K. Zercher is now teaching in the 
College of Business Administration, Syracuse 
University. He received a master's degree from 
Syracuse University last June. 

'22 "Stan" Freeman, county club agent for 
Plymouth County, Mass., is keeping a large 
group of youngsters headed toward Aggie. He 
was in charge of the World Aggie Night meeting 
in Brockton this fall. 

'22 Herbert A. MacArdle, who is a salesman 
for the Graton & Knight Co., Inc., of New York 
City, is also a law student at Fordham Univer- 

'22 "Bill" Peck is married and has settled 
down on the old home farm at Stow, Mass. 

'23 "Trex" Abele is more than holding his 
own at farming in Townsend Harbor, Mass. 

'23 "Jimmie" Beal, entomologist, is now 
connected with the U. S. Forest Experiment 
Station at North Asheville, N. C. 

'23 "Dame" Grayson, physical director at 
Attleboro High School, Attleboro, Mass., sends 
some new students to Aggie each year. Two of 
his former pupils were on the Aggie football 
squad this year. 

'24 "Bob" Barrows is teaching mathematics 
and coaching athletics at the high school, 
Middletown, Conn. 

'24 Allen S. Leiand is now county agent for 
Hampshire County, Mass., filling the position 
vacated by Roland A. Payne, M.A.C. '14. 

'24 Sterling "Pat" Myrick, leader of the '24 
class of Aggie alumni, and former versatile 
athlete, is landscaping at 1298 Bryden Road, 
Columbus, Ohio. His brother has played a fine 
game of football on the freshman team this 

'24 "Ken" Salmon is an instructor in the 
entomology department at Aggie. He is regis- 
tered in the graduate school but has found time 
to assist as coach on the football field. 

'21 Guy C. West and Mrs. West were on 
the campus recently visiting friends and look- 
ing up information on the general subject of 
landscape gardening with special reference to 
Mr. West's work as superintendent of a large 
country club at Fall River, Mass. 

'24 Will A. Whitney has written us enthusi- 
astically concerning his visit to the "Fair of the 

Over 700 Attend Meetings 

Reports received from twenty-eight of the 
thirty alumni meetings held on World Aggie 
Night, October 22, show that there was a total 
attendance of 712 alumni, wives, and friends of 
the College who gathered to celebrate the occa- 
sion. In all probability this attendance figure 
will be increased by twenty more when the 
complete tabulation is made. 

The following meetings reported, together 
with the attendance at each, is set forth below: 
Los Angeles, Cal. 27; Hartford, Conn. 13; New 
Haven, Conn. 14; Washington, D. C. 37; Miami, 
Fla. 6; Lafayette, Ind. 14; Bangor, Me. 3; 
Brockton 14; Concord 91; Danvers 38; Fitch- 
burg 24; Greenfield 73; New Bedford 18; Pitts- 
field 49; Springfield 60; Worcester 40; Buffalo, 
N. Y. 10; Ithaca, N. Y. 24; High Point, N. C. 
11; Cleveland, Ohio 14; Philadelphia, Pa. 5; 
State College, Pa. 14; Providence, R. I. 30; 
Bellows Falls, Vt. 14; Appleton, Wis. 9; Madison, 
Wis. 4; Columbus, O. 10; Newark, N. J. 45. 

Aggie Delegates 

at College Convention 

Many M.A.C. alumni were represented among 
the delegates who attended the forty-first 
annual convention of the Association of Land 
Grant Colleges and Universities at Chicago, 
November 15-17. The delegates from the Col- 
lege were: President R. W. Thatcher, Dean W. 
L. Machmer, Director S. B. Haskell '04, and 
Director W. A. Munson '05. Director Haskell is 
secretary of the association and both he and 
President Thatcher are members of several of 
its important committees. 

Among other graduates of M.A.C. who at- 
tended as delegates from other institutions were: 
H. J. Baker '11, director of the New Jersey 
Agricultural Experiment Station; B. W. Ellis 
'13, director of the Connecticut Agricultural 
Experiment Station; and John D. Willard, G, 
director of continuation courses at Michigan 
State College. Two former presidents of M.A.C, 
President Edward M. Lewis, and President 
Kenyon L. Butterfield were also in attendance, 
as was Professor John Pheland, former director 
of Short Courses at M.A.C. 

Iron Horse" recently held at Halethorpe, Md. 
Will writes, "This fair, originally planned by 
Daniel Willard w'82, as a centennial celebration 
of the B. & O. Railroad has grown until it is an 
international exposition of railroading and allied 

'25 Emil J. Corwin is now connected with 
the Springfield Republican, Springfi_,eld, Mass. 

'25 "Fritz" Ferranti is a contractor at 4 
Sewall St., Marblehead, Mass. 

'25 "Ned" Ingraham (Mr. and Mrs.) are 
operating a farm at Millis, Mass. 

'25 "Charlie" McGeoch, former Aggie foot- 
ball star, has been seen on Aggie's campus dur- 
ing the past season. He is still at the Salisbury 
as teacher and assistant coach of athletics. 

'25 Donald E. Ross is superintendent of The' 
Rose Farm, a forty-five acre project devoted 
entirely to rose growing located at White Plains, 
N. Y. 

'25 "Sol" Gordon who received his master's 
degree at B.U. is now teaching chemistry at the 
University of Massachusetts, Boston. 

'25 "F^red" Zwisler who attended summer 
school at Penn. State College, is now principal 
and head coach at the high school, Sheldon, Vt. 

w'25 I. Chenery Salmon is now analytical 
chemist for the E. I. duPont de Nemours Co., 
Jackson Laboratory, Wilmington, Del. 

'26 William K. Budge has started his second 
year of graduate study at the Pennsylvania 
State College. He is working for a master's 
degree and is studying certain phases of the 
commercial manufacture of ice cream. 

'26 "Dick" Fessenden has served as an 
alumni member of the football coaching staff 
this fall. He is continuing his graduate work in 
chemistry at Aggie. 



V^ol. IX. 

Return Postage 

Amherst, Massachusetts, Dec. 24, 1927 ''"'"fsecond'l-iasTmaue?'''''- No. 5 



Alumni of the 70's will undoubtedly recall 
many pleasant memories concerning President 
William S. Clark, who served as executive ni 
the College from 1867 to 1879. It was the 
writer's privilege to enjoy many personal con- 
tacts with that wise, genial and sagacious 
teacher of youth, and as a matter of record and 
general interest it seems that these memoirs 
should be preserved. 

President Clark had a remarkable way of 
securing the confidence of his students and of 
calling forth the best that was in them. He was 
a man of charming manner and inspiring per- 
sonality as well as a born enthusiast. He had 
a way of making his students feel that they 
were making interesting contributions, even 
though small, to the interests of the College. 

Was Appreciative 

I recall the President's great delight on one 
occasion when a member of his class happened 
one day to bring into the class room for identi- 
fication a specimen of the Arisaema Dracontitim. 
Up to that time this flower had never been 
found in western Massachusetts, and so, as the 
modern boy would say, "Pre.\y" was "tickled 
pink" at the sight, especially since it could be 
placed to the credit of his own class. 

It was his habit, or possibly a part of hi> 
teaching method, to take a hike or some long 
excursion each year, with his classes. One such 
excursion was to the then somewhat wild region 
of Hoosac Mountain. The train was taken to 
the little station of Zoar on the old Fitchburg 
R. R. where the "bunch" arrived in due time, and, 
then transferred to "shanksmare" for the rest 
of the trip. After a tramp of several miles up 
the charming but narrow valley of the Deerfield 
River, with its picturesque views, the president 
suddenly made a sharp turn to the left up the 
mountainside until we emerged finally into a 
small clearing just as the sun was hiding itself 
behind high ridges to the west. Here after our 
evening repast we joined the circle around the 
campfire and with eager attention listened to 
some war tale by Colonel Clark, or perhaps to 
some story of university life abroad where he 
had studied. 

Party Explores Hoosac Tunnel 

The next morning proved that the region was 
no special section in which to "botanize", so 
the party being anxious to explore the famous 
Hoosac Tunnel, then under construction, soon 
divided, a part going to' examine the central 
shaft and a part to explore the eastern entrance. 
Later the cohorts gathered at the little station 
and the train was boarded for the return trip. 

The writer does not recall that any of the 
"tin bilers" (as some unsophisticated person 
dubbed the tin flower cases) contained any 
special botanical genera, but he does remember 
that his own contained a specimen egg or two 
of the then, to him, rare ovenbird, for he was 
making a collection of the eggs of Massachusetts 
birds. The genial President congratulated him 
on the find, and did it in such an interesting way 
(for he was a great lover of what earlier was 
called "Natural History") that he then and 
there swore a new allegiance to the enthusiastic 
president of M.A.C. 

Richard B. Grover T2 


Physical Education Equipment Urgent Need 

Sidney B. Haskell '04 Presented Gift 

Sidney B. Haskell '04, director of the Massa- 
chusetts Agricultural Experiment Station, was 
presented on December 13 with a beautiful 
chime clock of German make. The gift was an 
expression of good w^ishes from the faculty and 
staff of the College and Experiment Station to 
Director Haskell in appreciation of his services. 

Director Haskell left on December 14 to take 
up his new' position as director of the agricul- 
tural department of the Synthetic Xitrogen 
Corporation, 285 Madison Ave., New York 
City. The first of February he will go abroad 
for a four months stay in Germany and England 
in connection with his work. Director Haskell's 
family will remain in Amherst for the present. 

Sievers New Experiment 

Station Director 

Frederick J. Sievers, Professor of Soils at 
Washington State College and Soil I^hysicist of 
the Washington Agricultural Experiment Sta- 
tion, has been appointed Director of the Massa- 
chusetts Agricultural Experiment Station to 
succeed Sidney B. Haskell. 

Professor Sievers comes to Massachusetts 
with a splendid reputation as a scientist and a 
leader of men as testified by many persons and 
his own works. He is the author of numerous 
technical bulletins and the holder of many high 
offices. His popularity as a public speaker is 
attested by all who wrote to support his candi- 
dacy. He is well liked by his associates. 
(Continued on Page 2, col. 2) 

The Trustees are this year asking the legis- 
lature for special appropriations of $281,600 to 
care for needed permanent improvements at the 
College. This is in addition to the request for 
appropriations for current maintenance. It is a 
modest rec|uest and is made in recognition of 
the tremendous demands for building construc- 
tion being made at this time all of which the 
state is trying to meet out of current revenue. 

The principal item in this budget is a dormi- 
tory for men. For many years the Trustees 
have had before them the problem of providing 
adequate housing facilities for the resident stu- 
dents of the College. The demand for a dormi- 
tory has become increasingly pressing each year. 
Capacity of private houses available for student 
rooms is taxed to the limit and prices charged 
to students are high as a result. Emergency 
accommodations had to be provided this year to 
take care of students enrolling late because no 
available rooms could be found in town. The 
Trustees are again presenting this project as 
the most urgent in the list. It is proposed to 
build a dormitory which will accommodate 
approximately one hundred students. By 
charging a rental somewhat less than that 
charged in private houses off the campus it is 
estimated a return of from two to three percent 
can be made to the State on this investment. 

Practice House for Home Economics 

In order to provide better facilities for teach- 
ing Home Economics the Trustees are asking 
for funds with which to provide a practice house. 
It is proposed to make over the old Brooks' 
Farm House. One organization of women in 
the State has become so interested in this pro- 
ject that it has agreed to equip the house if 
the State will make the necessary repairs. 

During the past year the departments of 
X'eterinary Science and Microbiology were re- 
organized and under the present plan they could 
be administered much more effectively housed 
in one building. The Trustees are therefore ask- 
ing for an appropriation with which to enlarge 
Paige Laboratory so that it will house both de- 
partments. This arrangement has the added 
advantage of liberating the Microbiology Lab- 
oratory for other purposes for which some such 
building is much needed. 

Then there are several minor items in the 
budget to care for such needed improvements 
as a new refrigerator system in Fisher Labora- 
tory, the purchase of a tract of land on the 
campus but privately owned, tile construction 
in Flint Laboratory, etc. 

Factors Limiting Development 

President Thatcher has pointed out to Trus- 
tees and alumni upon several recent occasions 
that there are two principal factors limiting 
development of the College. One of these is 
equipment for physical education and the other 
is housing facilities. Committees of the Trus- 
tees and alumni are working now to find a 
solution to the problem presented by the former 
and this current lequest upon the legislature for 
a dormitory opens the way for a solution of the 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, Dec. 24, 1927 


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Bntered aa second class matter, March 17 
1930, at the Postoffice at Amherst, Mass. 
■nder the Acts of March 3, 1879. 


Ltnus H. Jones '1Q, Chairman 


Roland H. Verbeck '08 
William L. Doran '15 
Marshall O. Lanphear '18 
Earle S. Carpenter '24 
Miss Mary Foley '24 
Elmer E. Barber '26 
Philip F. Whitmore '15, ex officio 
William I. Goodwin '18, ex officio 

Address all communications to The Alumni Office, M. A. C, Amherst, Mass. 



The executive committee of the Associate 
Alumni, PhiKp W. Whitmore '15 presiding, met 
at the College on December 10 and conducted 
the following business: 

1. Accepted the report of the treasurer, show- 
ing a balance on the budget account of $480.59, 
with $1879.69 to be raised by June 1, 1928. 

2. Accepted the treasurer's report on trust 
funds held by the Association. 

3. Accepted the reports on World Aggie 
Night and Alumni Home-Coming Day. 

4. Voted to appoint a fourth member to the 
Hasbrouck Portrait Committee. 

5. Accepted a progress report of the work on 
the new alumni directory. 

6. Voted an expression of appreciation and 
gratitude to Director Sidney B. Haskell '04 for 
the splendid and untiring service which he has 
given the Association over a period of many 
years as an alumni member of the Academic 
Activities Board, as a member of the executive 
committee of the Association and in many 
other capacities. 

7. Voted that an Alumni Committee on the 
Physical Education Building Project be selected 
to meet with the Trustees of the College for the 
purpose of carrying on the project. 

The Physical Education Building 

Trustees Favor New Project 

Meeting jointly with the College Board of 
Trustees at Boston on December 2, a special 
committee of alumni, headed by Philip W. 
Whitmore '15, president of the Associate 
Alumni, presented the plan of campaign for the 
proposed new physical education building which 
was accepted by the alumni at the annual 
meeting last June. 

The Trustees favored the project as outlined 
to them and approved the proposition by vote. 
The Trustee Committee on Buildings and 
Arrangement of Grounds was instructed to co- 
operate with the committee of the Associate 
Alumni to formulate definite plans which could 
be presented to the Board of Trustees at its 
annual meeting on January 6. 

The executive committee will soon announce 
the permanent committee which will take 
charge of the campaign to secure funds for the 
erection of the building. 

Rochester Alumni Meeting 

Wednesday, Jan 11 1928 

Alumni of Rochester, N. Y., and vicin- 
ity, and those who attend the N. Y. 
State Horticultural Society Meeting are 
urged to be present at the supper and 
meeting of the M.A.C. Club of Rochester, 
which will take place at 6 p. m., Wednes- 
day, January 11, 1928, at the Powers 
Hotel, Rochester. 

All those planning to be present are 
requested to notify in advance, if possible, 
Roger C. Coombs '21, Monroe County 
Farm Bureau, Rochester, N. Y. 

Dr. J. B. Lindsey '83 to Give 

Full Time to Research 

In order that he might devote his full time to 
research work. Dr. Joseph B. Lindsey '83, at 
his own request, will be relieved as head of the 
department of chemistry at the College on 
January 1, 1928, in accordance with the action 
of the College Board of Trustees at its meeting 
in Boston on December 2. He will, however, 
continue as research professor and head of the 
department of plant and animal chemistry in 
the Experiment Station, and also as vice- 
director of the station. 

Dr. Lindsey has a notable record of thirty- 
seven years of almost continuous service for the 
College, being originally appointed to the 
College staff in 1882. His research work in 
plant and animal nutrition has been particu- 
larly outstanding. 

In filling the vacancy caused by this change 
of officers the Board of Trustees has appointed 
Dr. Joseph S. Chamberlain, now professor of 
organic and agricultural chemistry, new head of 
the department. Dr. Chamberlain's career as a 
teacher of chemistry at M.A.C. during the past 
eighteen years is well known to Aggie alumni. 
Graduating from Iowa Agricultural College in 
1890, he continued his studies in this country 
and abroad. His Ph.D. degree was conferred 
by Johns Hopkins University. He is a member 
of the American Chemical Society, a Fellow in 
the American Association for the Advancement 
of Science, in addition to being a member of the 
honorary societies. Phi Beta Kappa and Phi 
Kappa Phi. 

Sievers New Director 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Professor Sievers was born in Milwaukee 
County, Wisconsin, in 1880. He was a high 
school principal from 1905 to 1907 when he re- 
turned to his college course at the University 
of Wisconsin from which he took his B.S.A. 
degree in 1910. In 1922 he took his M.S. 
degree from the same institution. In the mean- 
time he served as instructor in soils at the 
University, as agronomist and superintendent 
at the Milwaukee County Agricultural School 
and after 1917 in his present position at Wash- 
ington State College. 

Prominent on West Coast 

Professor Sievers has become a prominent 
figure in west coast agricultural circles. He was 
president of the Pacific section of the American 
Society of Agronomy in 1923-24; president of 
the Pullman Chamber of Commerce in 1924; 
and of the Pullman Kiwanis Club in 1926. He 
is a fellow in the American Association for the 
Advancement of Science, a member of the 
Executive Committee of the International Farm 
Congress, and of several fraternal and honorary 
societies, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Zeta, 
Theta Chi, and Gamma Phi. 

We who are eager for the w-elfare of Aggie 
and of the Experiment Station and who learned 
of Director Haskell's resignation with much 
perturbation, may well feel reassured in this 
appointment by President Thatcher and the 
Board of Trustees. 


Class reunions at Commencement next June 
are already gathering momentum according to 
reports received at the Alumni Office. The 
following classes are busy with plans: '78, '88, 
'98, '03, '09, and '18. 

In addition to these classes the following are 
scheduled to hold reunions: '97, '99, '00, '07, 
'08, '10, '23, '25, and '27. Other classes are 
urged to come back next June. 

The Alumni Office will gladly render any 
assistance within its power in arranging for 
reunions. Commencement dates are June 8-11, 
Alumni Day being Saturday, June 9. 

Reading, Pa. 

The reports of successful World Aggie Night 
meetings are further augmented by the news of 
the gathering at Reading, Pa., where fifteen 
alumni and friends assembled on October 22 
for an Aggie celebration. "Chick" Boardman 
'20 has been the prime mover for a strong Aggie 
alumni club for Reading and vicinity. 

Berkeley, Calif. 

From across the continent comes the follow- 
ing report of the meeting of the M.A.C. Alumni 
Club of Central and Northern California: 

"For a number of reasons it seemed desirable 
to hold the 1927 meeting at a later date than 
the one set for World Aggie Night, October 22. 
A dinner was arranged for the evening of Nov. 
12 in Berkeley. Although there are about forty 
M.A.C. men in this section of California, we 
were able to corral only twelve Aggie men with 
wives and friends, a total of twenty-six. R. L. 
"Dick" Adams '05 was master of ceremonies, 
and the rest of us, including the ladies, fol- 
lowed (?) his instructions. Incidents in college 
life unthought of for years were remembered 
and related. Two recent additions to the Univ. 
of California faculty gave brief outlines of the 
work each is doing. These men are S. C. Brooks 
'10, professor of zoology, and H. E. Jones w'18, 
in charge of lesearch. Bureau of Child Welfare." 
"A. J. Flebut '15 was elected to have charge 
of the arrangements for the 1928 meeting. All 
expressed pleasure in being able to attend, and 
a special effort will be made to have a larger 
attendance next year." 

"The M.A.C. men present were: R. E. 
Smith '94, C. F. Elwood '04, J. W. Gregg '04, 
R. L. Adams '05, E. W. Newhall, Jr. '05, F. W. 
Read '14, S. C. Brooks '10, A. J. Flebut '15, H. 
E. Jones w'18, C. J. Johnson w'20, G. H. Brewer 
'23 and R. B. Smith '24. 

C. F. Elwood '04, Secretary. 
Chicago, 111. 
Twenty-two Aggie alumni gathered for an 
impromptu dinner at the Union League Club, 
Chicago, on November 16, taking advantage of 
the presence of many alumni who were at that 
time attending the annual convention of the 
Association of Land Grant Colleges. The Col- 
lege was represented at the meeting by Presi- 
dent R. W. Thatcher, Dean W. L. Machmer, 
and W. A. Munson '05. The majority of the 
alumni who were present hailed from distant 
parts of the country. 

On November 30, the Western Alumni Asso- 
ciation held its annual gathering at the Union 
League Club. Thirteen alumni were on hand 
to participate in program of speech-making and 
reminiscences of college days. Alumni from a 
distance who were in Chicago attending the 
annual Fat Stock Week program and who also 
attended the alumni gathering were: Enos J. 
Montague '15, Donald H. Cande '15, Loring V. 
Tirrell '19, and Harry J. Talmadge '22. 

Harry A. Curran '16, secretary of the Western 
Alumni Association, was in charge of arrange- 
ments for both alumni meetings. 
Wasliington, D. C. 
Elaborate plans are being made by Will A. 
Whitney '24, and other officers of the M.A.C. 
Alumni Club of Washington, D. C. toward the 
celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of 
the founding of the club. The event will take 
place in Washington in connection with the 
annual World Aggie Night in 1928. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, Dec. 24, 1927 



Robert L. "Bob" Bowie '29, of East Milton, 
has been elected captain of the football eleven 
for the 1928 season. Bowie has been a regular 
on the team for the past two seasons, playing at 
end and in the backfield. His special ability is 
forward passing and punting, and his demon- 
strated coolness of action on the field should 
make him an ideal leader. Prior to entering 
M.A.C. "Boh" played guard for the Milton High 
School team during one season. 

Twenty-flve Letters Awarded 

At a recent meeting of the joint committee on 
intercollegiate athletics twenty-five members of 
the varsity football team were awarded letters. 
The letter men are: Kenneth F. McKitt.ick '29, 
of Boston; Taylor M. Mills '29, of Boston; 
Boleslaw Nitkiewicz '29, of Holyoke; Virger J. 
Rudquist '29, of Boston; Richard C. Kelton '28, 
of Hubbardston; Captain Albert C. Cook '28, 
of Waverly; Floyd E. Bracklev '29, of Strong, 
Me.; Alden P. Tuttle '28, of Bellingham'; Fred 
C. Ellert '30, of Holyoke; Joseph R. Hilyard '28, 
of Beverlv; captain-elect Robert L. Bowie '29, 
of East M'ilton; Walter H. Marx '28 of Holyoke; 
Raymond S. Mann '.30, of Dalton; Paul R. 
Plumer '29, of Adams; Robert L. Fox '28, of 
Ware; John F. Quinn '28, of New Bedford; 
Warren J. Tufts '28, of Jamaica Plain; Robert 
A. Lincoln '28, of Hingham Center; Robert J. 
Karrer '28, of Lowell; Cecil C. Rice '28, of 
Worcester; Joseph A. Evans '28, of Lawrence; 
Ralph F. Kneeland, Jr. '30, of Attleboro; 
Charles E. Walkden '29, of Swansea; Manager 
Thomas W'. Ferguson, Jr. '28, of Newton 


W'ith nine of the fourteen varsity basketball 
contests scheduled on the home floor, there will 
be many opportunities for local alumni to wit- 
ness the Aggie team in action this season. The 
team has been on the floor daily since Thanks- 
giving under the direction of "Kid" Gore, head 
coach, assisted by "Larry" Briggs '27. The 
squad has been cut to thirteen and is composed 
of captain Reed '28, Thomas '28, McEwen '28, 
Mann '30, Ellert '30, Murdough '28, Hintze '29, 
Coukos '29, Webber '29, Burbank '30, Hether- 
ington '30, Kelfey '29 and Paksarian '30. Reed, 
McEwen and Thomas are letter men from last 
year's team. 

During the past four years Aggie has won 
forty-two out of fifty-five games played, and 
since "Kid" Gore has been coaching the team, 
a period of eight years, well over fifty percent 
of the games played have resulted in Aggie 

The new alumni advisory basketball com- 
mittee for this season has been appointed as 
follows: Ralph S. Stedman '20, chairman, 
"Red" Ball '21, "Larry" Jones '26, John Temple 
'26, "Ray" Smiley '26, "Eddie" Bike '24, 
George Kelso '26, "Al" Gustafson '26, and "Al" 
Smith '22, all former Aggie basketball stars. 

Cross Country 

The varsity cross country team finished its 
schedule with a very creditable record by win- 
ning the majority of its contests. Wesleyan, 
Worcester Tech and Boston University were 
victims of the Aggie septet; while Harvard and 
our opponents in the N. E. Intercollegiates 
proved too much for the Aggie harriers. In dual 
contests during the past four seasons, Aggie has 
won thirteen out of fifteen starts. 

Letter awards to members of the cross country 
team were recently made as follows: Captain 
Charles P. Preston '28 of Danvers; Xewell A. 
Schappelle '28 of Hamburg, Pa.; Frank F. 
Homey er '28 of Wellesley Farms; captain-elect 
Carl A. Bergan '29 of Northampton, and Richard 
A. Hernan '30 of Shawsheen. 

(Continued on Page 4, col. 3) 


Dr. David Rozman, a specialist in economic 
studies ol the utilization of land, has been 
appointed assistant research professor in the 
department of agricultural economics al the 

Dr. Rozman is a graduate of the University 
of Moscow and also holds degrees from the 
universities of Wisconsin and Northwestern in 
this country. He is an expert linguist. For 
some time he has been connected with the In- 
stitute of Land Economics at Chicago and has 
also had some banking experience in New York 

The annual Mettawampe trek and banquet 
was held by the faculty on Saturday, December 
17. Following an afternoon of hiking over the 
Mt. Toby trails the members of the party 
gathered at the Sunderland Parish House where 
hearty appetites were satisfied. 

Richard T. Muller, assistant professor in the 
department of floriculture has tendered his 
resignation to become effective December 31. 
Professor Muller will become assistant manager 
of the Montgomery Rose Company, Inc., of 
Hadley, Mass. His position at the College will 
be filled temporarily by Mr. Alfred M. S. 
Pridham of Cornell University. 

Prentiss French, formerly connected with the 
landscape department at M.A.C. is now super- 
vising landscape architect on a large develop- 
ment at Venice, Florida. 


The formerly well-known and active Chem- 
istry Club has been reorganized under the name 
of the Goessmann Chemical Society. Over 
twenty-five students were present at the first 
meeting of the society, which is composed of 
those who are majoring or who intend to major 
in chemistry. 

On December 10 a gathering of forty students 
representing sixteen countries gathered on the 
Aggie campus for a conference. The group com- 
prised the representatives of the Cosmopolitan 
Clubs of Smith, Mt. Holyoke, Amherst, Spring- 
field and M.A.C. President R. W. Thatcher 
and Professor A. W'. Mackimmie w-ere the 


The Musical Clubs 

The following schedule of concerts by the 
men's glee club is announced by Professor Frank 
Prentice Rand, general manager: 

Jan. 6 — U. S. \eterans' Hospital, Leeds 
9 — Smith .Academy, Hatfield 
18 — Wilbraham Academy 
26 — Maynard 
27 — Hyannis 
28 — W'altham 
Feb. 17 — Social Union Concert, M.A.C. 
A lew additional concerts have also been 
untatively arranged. 

The girl's glee club will open its season with 
a concert at the U. S. \ eterans' Hospital at 
Leeds on January 13. 

The Aggie Revue 

The annual .'\ggie I'ievue, directed by Max- 
well H. Goldberg '28. of Stoneham, and Robert 
H. Owers '28, of Taunton, was presented in 
Bowker Auditorium, Friday evening, December 
9. Nearly every seat in the auditorium was 
taken and it was evident that the audience en- 
joyed the varied program ofifercd. 

One act, "Mother's Mistake", was written 
and coached by Mr. Goldberg. He also coached 
a one-act play presented by the freshmen. 

The campus quartet, composed of lloward 
Thomas '28, of Hol>oke; Edw-in E. Marsh '28, 
of Pittsfield; John Ouinn '28, of New Bedford; 
and Don C. Tiffany '30, of Cambridge, per- 
formed well; while John Guenard '31, of Lowell, 
rendered several excellent banjo solos. Among 
other outstanding numbers on the program were: 
Bates' Collegian Orchestra; a dancing chorus 
composed of Aggie co-eds; and a dance number 
by Harold K. Anscll '28 and Miss Jane Patter- 
son '29, both of .Amherst. 

The Fruit Judging Team 

The M..-\.C. fruit judging team, coached by 
Prof. Brooks D. Drain, took fourth place in 
the international fruit judging contest at Louis- 
ville, Ky., on December 7, in competition with 
teams froin the state colleges representing Ohio, 
West Virginia, Missouri and Kansas. Compe- 
tition was very keen as may be judged by the 
fact that there was a difference of only five 
points between the scores of the first and last 
teams. In the individual contests Cecil C. Rice 
'28, of Worcester, Mass., captured second honors. 
The other members of the Aggie team were: 
John L. Nutting '28, of West Berlin, Mass., 
and Joseph A. Evans '28, of Lawrence, Mass. 

The triangular meet at M.A.C. on December 
3 between M.A.C, the New Jersey Agricultural 
College and Pennsylvania State College, was 
won by New Jersey, and John L. Nutting of 
the M.A.C. team took second individual honors. 

The team will compete for the New England 
championship at Worcester on January 5. 


The varsity debating team, under the leader- 
ship of Maxwell H. Goldberg '28, has arranged 
for debates with Clark University at Worcester 
on February 13, and the University of Maine 
at M.A.C. on March 10. A debate with Spring- 
field College, at Springfield, on January 28 is 
pending, as are debates with Bates and the 
University of Vermont. Ten men are candidates 
for the team. Debates this year will be conduc- 
ted under the Oxford plan. 

The Annual Extension Conference was held 
at the College on December 19, 20, 21, and 22 

under the direction of Director Willard A, 
Munson '0.5. 

Among the well-known speakers on the pro- 
gram were Mrs. Lillian M. Gilbreth, a home- 
making consultant; Charles E. Buck, a business 
letter specialist and correspondence counselor; 
A. B. Graham and M. C. Wilson of the Ofifice 
of Co-operative Extension Work, Washington, 
D. C. President R. W'. Thatcher and other 
members of the College staff were also active 
participants in the conference program. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, Dec. 24, 1927 


w'79 Edward L. Bass writes briefly con- 
cerning the terrific damage caused by the 
recent flood at Bethel, Vermont, where he 
suffered the loss of $10,000, including his home 
with its entire contents. Mr. Bass states that 
"even the ground is gone." 

w'87 Frederick D. Tucker is engaged in 
interesting work in ai'cheological research in 
and about St. Louis, Mo. 

'97 Philip H. Smith, ofiicial chemist for the 
feed control service of the Mass. Experiment 
Station, was elected president of the Association 
of F'eed Controls of the U. S. at a meeting held 
in Washington, D. C. recently. 

'14 Theodore A. Nicolet, having convinced 
the people of Boston of the value of carrying 
adequate life insurance, has now moved west- 
ward to Albany, N. Y., where he is general 
agent for the National Life Insurance Co. of 
Vermont at 705 State Bank B14g., Albany. 

'15 Herbert H. Archibald, former principal 
of the high school at Natick, Mass., now holds 
a similar position at Norwood High School, 
Norwood, Mass. 

'16 Harry A. Curran, captain of the famous 
Aggie 1915 football team, and secretary of the 
Western Alumni Club at Chicago, is live stock 
buyer for the Omaha Packing Co. 

'17 Harold P. Boyce holds the position of 
chief accountant with Brown Bros. & Co., 60 
State St., Boston. 

'17 "Zip" F. C. Webster is teaching in the 
high school at Weymouth, Mass., and is study- 
ing for an advanced degree at Harvard Uni- 

w'17 Earl Breckenridge is pleasing audiences 
in New York City as a musician. He may be 
found at 66 W. 46th St., New York. 

'18 Deane W. Sanborn is accounting the 
days until the big tenth reunion of his class 
next June. He is cost accountant for Reed and 
Prince Mfg. Co., Worcester, Mass. 

w'18 George J. Duncan is in the florist 
business at 133 Mystic St., Arlington, Mass. 

w'18 Leo C. Higgins is another Aggie alum- 
nus who believes that "it pays to advertise." 
He is in the game as advertising manager of 
the Star Store, Union St., New Bedford, Mass. 

w'18 Harold B. Millard is now assistant 
superintendent of the Prudential Life Insur- 
ance Co. at Hackensack, N. J. 

'19 Albert N. Davis, fruit grower and farmer 
of Carnillus, N. Y., writes that he married Miss 
Harriet Rice of Syracuse, N. Y., in June, 1926, 
and is the proud father of a daughter born 
May 8, 1927. 

'19 Paul Faxon, former Aggie athlete, re- 
ports that he is now a salesman for the General 
Fireprooflng Co., 438 Broadway, New York 

'20 "Clint" Daggett, former Aggie football 
star on the 1919 team, is now treasurer of 
James Ackroyd & Sons, Inc., 966 Broadway, 
Albany, N. Y. 

'20 Warren M. Dewing, salesman for the 
General Dyestuff Corp. of Boston, now has his 
headquarters in Worcester, and states that he 
hopes to keep in touch with Aggie and the 
"boys" in western Massachusetts during his 

February 11, 1928 

Fraternity banquets and the annual 
interfraternity sing will take place Satur- 
day, February 11, according to the action 
of the Interfraternity Conference at its 
recent meeting. This year, as in the past, 
many alumni are expected on the campus 
to attend these events. 

The January number of the BulleHn 
will list the time and place of each frater- 
nity initiation banquet. 


Varsity Basketball 

Fitchburg at M.A.C. 
Upsala at M.A.C. 
Northeastern at M.A.C. 
Army at West Point 
Maine at M.A.C. 
Springfield at M.A.C. 
Williams at Williamstown 
Pratt at M.A.C. 
St. Michaels at M.A.C. 
Harvard at Cambridge 
Worcester Tech at Worcester 
St. Stephens at M.A.C. 
New Hampshire at M.A.C. 
Tufts at Medford 




Jan. 12 

Feb. 1 

Jan. 28 

Feb. 4 



Varsity Hockey 

Bates at M.A.C. 
Williams at Williamstown 
Army at West Point 
Union at Schenectady 
Hamilton at Clinton 
New Hampshire at Durham 
Bates at Lewiston 
Amherst at M.A.C. 
Amherst at Amherst 
Middlebury at M.A.C. 
\'ermont at M.A.C. 

Winter Track 

K. of C. Meet, Boston 
B.A.A. Meet, Boston 
Indoor meet with W.P.I, at 

Worcester (pending) 
American Legion Meet, Boston 
Armory Meet, Springfield 

Union Meetings at Worcester 

The annual Union Agricultural Meetings at 
the State Armory, Worcester, Mass., on Jan. 4, 
5 and 6 will be the rendezvous for many Aggie 
alumni judging from the experiences of past 

Among the features at the meetings w-hich 
will be of special interest to alumni will be the 
educational exhibit of the College, where an 
opportunity for all alumni to register will be 
provided, and the apple show to be conducted 
by the Massachusetts Fruit Growers' Associ- 
ation in co-operation with the Massachusetts 
Department of Agriculture. 

'21 Gordon K. Hurd is engaged in child 
welfare work as agent for the Children's Aid 
Society, 41 Mt. Vernon St., Boston, Mass. 

'22 Otto Degener, who is connected with the 
botany department in the University of Hawaii, 
Honolulu, T. H., is now on leave of absence 
from the University to enable him to com- 
plete his classification of the flora of Hawaii, 
on which project he has been at work during 
the past two summers. 

'23 "Larry" Broderick aims to be a sugar 
baron by starting as a sugar chemist in Cuba. 
His mail address is Apartado 71, Chaparra, Cuba. 

'24 & '23 Mrs. J. Stanley Bennett, formerly 
"Bobbie" Geiger, is making ambitious efforts to 
have the Aggie Glee Clubs come to Wareham, 
Mass., during the coming season. "Bobbie" 
and "Bennie" are managing a poultry farm in 

'24 Will A. Whitney, secretary of the 
M.A.C. Alumni Club of Washington, D. C, 
was oh campus for several days recently. He 
is a junior pathologist in the Bureau of Plant 
Industry, U.S.D..'^., at Washington, and is the 
newly elected secretary of the M.A.C. Alumni 
Club of Washington, D. C. 


The news item appearing under "Class Notes" 
in the November number of the Bulletin regard- 
ing Arthur W. Higgins should have read " '07 
Arthur W. Higgins, president of the A. W. 
Higgins Co., hic." 


(Continued from Page 3j 


Varsity hockey practice has been going on in 
spite of the fact that there has been but very 
little ice. Three players, veterans of last year's 
team, are available as a nucleus for the 1928 
team. The letter men are Captain Forest '28, 
Abrahamson '28, and Frese '28; while Cook '28, 
Nash '29, Rudquist '29, Patch '30, Pillsbury 
'30, Waechter '30, Warren '30 and Zuger '30 
are other candidates of some experience who 
have reported to the squad. 

Flood lights have been erected on both the 
hockey rink and the pond in order that the team 
and the student body may use them after dark. 

"Kid" Gore '13 was toastmaster at the 
Northampton High School football team ban- 
quet in Northampton on December 6, at which 
Bruce Caldwell of Yale, the country's out- 
standing 1927 halfback, was the principal 

A feature of the basketball season on the cam- 
pus this year will be a basketball tournament 
for the Connecticut \'alley Interscholastic Class 
B. Championship to take place March 8, 9 and 
10 in the Drill Hall in charge of the physical 
education department. 

Goessmann Anniversary Observed 

The year 1927 marks the hundredth anniver- 
sary of the birth of the late Professor Charles 
A. Goessmann, who did so much for the College 
and in whose honor the Goessmann Chemistry 
Laboratory is named. In memory of the event 
the regular weekly seminar of the chemistry 
department, held in the chemistry library on 
December 14, took the form of a Goessmann 
hour. An informal talk was given by Dr. 
Frederick Tuckerman, intimate friend of Pro- 
fessor Goessmann. Brief talks were given also 
by Professors Haskins, Peters, Holland, Morse 
and Lindsey, all of whom were associated with 
Professor Goessmann. 

The Goessmann alcove in the chemistry 
library contains Professor Goessmann's private 
collection of books, the memorial window pre- 
sented him on his eightieth birthday, the 
analytical balance given him by his American 
students who studied with him in Germany and 
numerous photographs of Goessmann's German 
contemporaries. There was also on exhibition 
a loving cup presented to him by his German 
students previous to his leaving Gottingen in 
1857, a portfolio which belonged to Berzelius 
and given to Goessmann by Woehler, as well as 
other mementos. 

40 Enroll for Winter Courses 

Forty students have enrolled for the ten 
weeks' courses offered by the College accord- 
ing to reports issued by Director Roland H. 
Verbeck, of the short course ofifice. The courses 
for florists and greenskeepers proved the most 
attractive to students. Registration for the ten 
weeks' courses closed December 20, while appli- 
cations for entrance to the ten days' dairy 
course will be received until January 10, 1928. 

Saturday, May 5 

Saturday, May 5, has been set as the 
date for the nineteenth annual High 
School Day at the College. 

Alumni and friends of M.A.C. are 
urged to call the above date to the atten- 
tion of all high school students who are 
contemplating further study. Special in- 
vitations to attend High School Day will 
be sent to all students whose names and 
addresses are forwarded to the Field 
Secretary, M.A.C. 


V^ol. IX. 

Return Postage 

Amherst, Massachusetts, Jan. 25, 1928 

Entered at P. O. Amherst, Mass. 
as second class matter 

No. 6 



The College Senate, student governing body 
at M.A.C., received new powers at the College 
Forum on January 11, when the student bod\- 
adopted regulations which, if properly enforced, 
will mean a most revolutionary change from the 
present system of government by the students. 

Under the provisions of the new regulations 
a student may be suspended from participation 
in athletics or academic activities, placed on 
probation, or "cause to have postponed his 
initiation into a fraternity, for acts not in 
accordance with or detrimental to the traditions 
or good name of the College. 

The proposals for more fortifying powers 
originated with the College Senate itself, under 
the particular inspiration of its president, John 
F. Quinn '28 of New Bedford. More stringent 
rules were deemed necessary by reason ol the 
fact that in recent years there have been no 
means by which the Senate might bring about 
law and order, especially since the ban on the 
once time-honored "pond parties" and similar 
methods of dealing with more or less unrul\- 
members of the student body, more particularK- 
freshmen. Supported and approved b\' the 
College authorities, the athletic department, 
academic activities board, interfralernity con- 
ference and student body, the regulations set 
forth below will be, if wielded properly, a 
sceptor of power in the hanrls ol the College 

Statement of New Powers 

1. Through the authority granted it by the 
College Administration the Senate may impose 
the following disciplinary measures; 

la) A student ])articipating in athletics mas- 
be declared ineligible or suspended tor a time 
from the sport in which he is engaged. 

(b) A student participating in academic 
activities may be declared ineligible or sus- 
pended for a time from the activity in which 
he is engaged. 

(c) An inactive student may be placed on 
strict probation through the Dean's Office. 

(d) The initiation of fraternity pledges ma> 
be postponed. 

(e) In extreme cases the Senate may recom- 
mend more drastic punishment through the 
college authorites. 

2. These rules shall apph' to all acts which 
are detrimental to the traditions or good name 
of the institution. 

3. These rules shall apply to all students 
registered in the four-year course. 

4. The action of the Senate shall be governed 
by the following considerations; 

(a.) The student shall be given notice of the 
proposed penalty. 

(b) In cases of impending action the presi- 
dent of the fraternity or the head of the 
department involved shall be notified. 

(c) The decision of the Senate shall not go 
into effect until due notification has been sent 
to the president of the fraternity or the head 
of the department involved. 

(d) The head of the department concerned, 
the president of the fraternity and the Dean 
shall have the right to review the evidence. 



Association Meeting 

February 11, Memorial Hall 

The Associate Alumni of M.A.C. 
announces a mid-winter business meeting 
to take place in Memorial Hall, M.A.C., 
Saturday, February 11. This meeting 
will come in the afternoon of the abo\e 
date immediately following the Inter- 
fraternitv Sing. 

The principal item of business to be 
discussed is the Physical Education 
Building project. Sketches of the (iro- 
posed building will be on exhibition at 
this meeting. 

Order of Events 
Friday, February 10 

Basketball, Pratt Institute \?. .M..\.C.. 
Drill Hall at 7 p. m. 

Saturday, February 11 

.Alumni Registration, Memorial Hall, 
,S a. m. to 6 p. m. 

Interfraternity Sing, Bowker Auditorium, 
2 ]). m. 

.\lumni Meeting, Memorial Hall Audi- 
torium, 3..'iU p. m. 

Fraternity Banquets in cs'cning. 

Fraternity Banquet Schedule 

.-\l|)ha C.amma Rho — Hotel Nonoluck, 

Holvoke, at S |). m. 
Alpha Sigma Phi— Dra|)er Hall, M.A.C., 

at S p. m. 
Delta Phi Alpha— (Pending) 
Kapi>a l-^psilon — Hotel Northampton, 

Northampton, at 8 [). m. 
Kappa Sigma — The Lord Jeffery Inn, 

Amherst, at 8 p. m. 
Lambda Chi Alpha— Dra|)er I lall, M.A.C., 

at 7,30 p. m. 
Phi Sigma Kappa — Draper Hall, M..\.C., 

at 7.30 p. m. 
Q.T.X'. — The DaN-enport Inn, Andierst, 

at 6 p. ni. 
Theta Chi — Hotel Northampton, North- 
ampton, at S p. m. 



.Seven Aggie alumni were elected as charter 
members of the State chapter of Epsilon Sigma 
Phi at the recent conference of state and county 
extension workers held at the College, Decem- 
ber 19-22. This is a national fraternity- for 
members of extension services who have been 
in active service ten years or more. 

Alumni intiated in the Massachusetts chapter 
were: Fred S. Coole\- '88, S. R. Parker '04, 
A. F. MacDougal '13, P. E. Alger '09, J. H. 
Putnam '94, \V. L. Ide '09, and R. \V. Redman 
FG. Others elected to the chapter were: W. 
C. Monahan, G. E. Story, F. C. Smith, O. E. 
Hall, Mrs. H. D. Lane, Mrs. L. S. Chase, and 
Miss Mary Dean, all of the Massachusetts Ex- 
tension Services. 

F. S. Cooley was elected dean of the house 
of pioneers, S. R. Parker was elected chief, and 
J. H. Putnam, secretary and treasurer. 


Noted Agricultural Specialist 

The recent honor which has come to Professor 
Henr\- A. Ballou '95, in his election to the post 
of Conmiissioner of Agriculture for the British 
West Indies b>- the Imperial C.ovcrnment, has 
prompted the writing of this brief biographical 
account of this illustrious son of M.A.C. For 
an alumnus of our Alma Mater to attain a 
position of such high degree as that to which 
Professor Ballou has been appointed demon- 
strates not onl\ his abiiit>- as an agricultural 
specialist, but it also indicates the soundness of 
training offered to students at ALA.C. No less 
does it point to the excellent training and 
counsel given by our mutual greatly esteemed 
professor and friend Dr. Henry T. Fernald, now 
professor and head of the department of ento- 
mology and (.lirector of the graduate school at 
the College. 

.Although born among the granite hills of New- 
Hanip>hire at West Swansex' on Juh- 23, 1872, 
Professor Ballou came to Fitchburg, Mass., to 
attain his education preparatory to entering 
M..-\.C. The fall of 1891 found him a member 
of the class of lS9o at Aggie. As a student his 
chief inlerests were centered about botany, his 
major course, and entomology, his minor course. 
He became a member of the Q.T.W fraternit>-. 
During his senior \-ear he plaxed center on the 
\arsity footljall team at a time when head- 
guards and shoulder pads were unknown as a 
part of the er|uipment of a man of the gridiron. 
His oratorical abilit)- led him to be chosen vice- 
president of the Democratic Club, a campus 
political organization of those da\-s, and cani- 
[His orator for his class at the ''Jo conmience- 
ment exercises. 

Began Career as Schoolteacher 

Soon after graduation Professor Ballou was 
emplo\cd as an entomologist in connection with 
the work on the gyps\- moth infestation. Fol- 
lowing this he taught school at Mason, N. H., 
and later at Bernardston, Mass. In 1897. he 
became iirofessor of entomology- and botan>- at 
the Connecticut Agricultural College. From 
1901 to 1903 he was engaged in further studies 
at ^LA.C. as a graduate student in entomology, 
obtaining his M.Sc. degree from his alma mater 
in 190(1.'^ 

He was, on the recommendation of Dr. H. 1. 
Fernald, appointed in 1903 as entomologist in 
the Imperial Department of Agriculture for the 
West Indies, with headcpiarters at Barbados, 
and, as that Department w-as responsible for the 
development of agriculture in all the British 
West Indian Islands, with the exception of 
Jamaica, Professor Ballou's duties necessitated 
frequent visits to those islands. It was at that 
time that 1 met him and indeed it was at his 
suggestion that I became an entomologist — 
though, I am not so sure that 1 place this un- 
reservedK- on the credit side of his life's balance 

Won Egyptian Decoration 

In 1900 he returned to M.A.C. for a short 
period to take his M.Sc. degree, his thesis being 
on cotton stainers. While still holding his post 
in the Imperial Department he was selected by 
the Secretary of State for the Colonies to advise 
the Egvptian Government on the problem of 
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Entered as eecond class matter, March 17 
1920. at the Postoffice at Amherst. Mass. 
■nder the Acta of March 3, 1879- 

Linus H. Jones 'IG, Chairman 


Roland H. Verbeck '08 
William L. Doran '15 
Marshall O. Lanphear '18 
Earle S. Carpe;nter '24 
Miss Mary Foley '24 
Elmer E. Barber '26 
Carlton O. Cartwright '27 
Philip F. Whitmore '15, ex officio 
William I. Goodwin '18, ex officio 

Address all communications to The Alumni Office, M. A. C, Amherst, Mass. 



Meeting of Executive Committee 

The executive committee of the Associate 
Alumni, Philip F. Whitmore '15 presiding, met 
at the College on January 2 and conducted the 
following business: 

1. Accepted a progress report on the selec- 
tion of a chairman for the Physical Education 
Building Project. 

2. Received the generous offer presented by 
Clinton F. Goodwin '16 for providing prelimin- 
ary plans, sketches and a model of the pro- 
posed Physical Education Building. 

3. Adopted proposals relative to the project 
to be presented to the Trustee Committee on 
Buildings and Arrangement of Grounds. 

4. Accepted the report of the treasurer show- 
ing a balance of .$330.52 on hand on the budget 
accounts of the Association. 

5. Voted that the name of Prof. Curry S. 
Hicks be recommended at the next general 
meeting of the Association for honorary life 
membership in the Association. 

6. Gave the secretary authority to issue a 
call for a general meeting of the Association on 
Saturday, February 11. 

Physical Education Building 
Plans Progress 

A special committee of the Associate Alumni 
and F'rof. Curry S. Hicks convened in joint 
session with the Trustee Committee on Build- 
ings and Arrangement of Grounds in Boston, 
January 5, and discussed arrangements relative 
to the Physical Education Building Project. 

The alumni committee presented proposals to 
the Trustees concerning the erection of the 
building and it was the recommendation of the 
Trustees that a committee be appointed from 
their number to work with the alumni committee 
on the project. 


'16 Linus H. Jones to Miss Ethelyn D. 
Streeter at Birch Lawn, Amherst, Mass., Oct. 
1, 1927. 

'24 John M. Fenton to Miss Gertrude 
Maher at Trenton, N. J., Saturday, Nov. 19, 

F Prentiss French to Miss Helen Louise 
Douglass at Belmont, Mass., Nov. 13, 1927. 
Mr. French was formerly instructor in the 
landscape department at the College. 

'24 & w'27 Clarence W. Holway to Miss 
Ruth Edna Goodell at Amherst, Mass., Dec. 
23, 1927. 

'25 Gilbert J. Haeussler to Miss Paulyne 
H. Robinson at Springfield, Mass., Oct. 12, 

'25 & '26 L. Franklin Kennedy to Miss 
Evelyn L. Davis at Springfield, Mass., Jan. 2, 

'25 Charles F. Oliver, Jr., to Miss Marion 
E. Shaw at West Bridgewater, Mass., Dec. 27 

Fruit Judging Team Wins 
at Worcester 

Many Alumni Gather 

Nearly one hundred alumni registered as 
visitors at the M.A.C. booth at the Tenth 
Annual Union Agricultural Meeting, Worcester, 
Mass., January 4-6. 

Aggie men were also in the foreground in 
many of the activities of the three-day pro- 
gram. President R. W. Thatcher was the 
principal speaker at the meeting of federation 
of farm bureaus where he outlined the ultimate 
object of the College. 

The M.A.C. fruit judging team scored high 
honors by taking the New England Fruit 
Judging Championship in competition with 
teams representing the Connecticut Agricultural 
College and the University of New Hampshire. 
The M.A.C. team was composed of Cecil C. 
Rice of Worcester, John L. Nutting of West 
Berlin and Richard J. Davis of Arlington, all 
members of the senior class. Prof. Brooks D. 
Drain coached the team. 

That people of the State look to M.A.C. for 
leadership was demonstrated at the meeting 
when Prof. William R. Coles w'02 was honored 
by election to the secretaryship of the A'lassa- 
chusetts Home Canners' Association, a newly 
formed organization, and Sumner R. Parker 
'04, secretary of the Associate Alumni, was re- 
elected secretary of the Co-operative Dairy 
Council of Massachusetts. Prof. C. J. Fawcett, 
also a member of the College staff, was chosen 
secretary of the Massachusetts Dairymen's 

Pres. R. W. Thatcher Reports 
Needs to College Trustees 

The two greatest handicaps to the develop- 
ment of the College are scarcity of housing 
facilities and inadequate physical education 
equipment, states President lioscoe W. Thatcher, 
in his annual report to the Board of Trustees on 
January 6. 

"The College ought not to accept more stu- 
dents," reports the President, "until it is properly- 
equipped to give them essential training in 
physical education." 

In referring to the $60 a year tuition charge 
made to students, which, it is estimated has in- 
creased the College income .$25,000 annually. 
President Thatcher advises that as a likely 
result of this levy, more students have applied 
for labor positions during the past year and that 
the applications for loans have been numerous. 
He does not believe that the tuition should be 
increased for the reason that such action would 
make it still more difficult for worthy young 
men and women from homes of low income 
groups, who are potentially the finest type of 
material for collegiate education in a state 


w'27 J. Prescott Adams to Miss Esther M. 
Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Erwin G. 
Smith of Maiden, Mass. 


(Continued from Page 1) 

the control of cotton insects and he received 
an Egyptian decoration as an appreciation of 
his year's service in that Protectorate. He 
accompanied the Department to Trinidad when 
its headquarters were transferred to that island. 
Soon after the transference the Imperial College 
of Tropical Agriculture came into being and the 
Imperial Department of Agriculture was amal- 
gamated therewith. In addition to being ento- 
mologist of that Department, Mr. Ballou be- 
came professor of zoology and entomology at 
the College, comprising with an assistant pro- 
fessor the teaching staff of that section. 

Appointed Commissioner of Agriculture 
Presumably, it was found that owing to the 
large amount of work necessary to foster the 
new College the Department's activities suffered 
and so it was decided to separate the duties of 
the principal of the College from that of the 
Commissioner of Agriculture for the British 
West Indies. Professor Ballou was selected for 
the commissionership and it is, I believe, the 
intention that he will gradually relinquish his 
professorial duties in order to devote his un- 
divided attention to the agricultural problems 
of those islands in which the Department oper- 
ates. His selection is a popular and wise one; 
his knowledge of West Indian conditions and 
his personality justify his appointment by the 
powers that be, and, in my opinion, a better 
selection could not have been made. During 
his very long service as entomologist in the 
Imperial Department of Agriculture for the 
West Indies he served under three Commission- 
ers — Sir Daniel Morris. Sir Francis Watts and 
Dr. Leake. 

Professor Ballou's publications cannot be re- 
garded as being numerous in view of his long 
experience, but the duties of an entomologist in 
the tropics are so onerous and various that 
there is not much time to devote to writing. 
His piece de resistance, published in 1912, is a 
two hundred-page book, "The Insect Pests of 
the Lesser Antilles," which is a very useful 
publication. He hopes, I believe, to bring out 
an up-to-date and enlarged edition and he may 
be certain that it would be well received. 
C. C. Gowdey '08 
Government Entomologist, 
Department of Agriculture, 
Jamaica, B.W.I. 

Alumni Banquet at Rochester 

Thirty alumni and guests were present at the 
annual banquet of the M.A.C. Alumni Club of 
Rochester, N. Y., held in the Powers Hotel, 
Rochester, on January 11. The enthusiastic 
reports received regarding the meeting, which 
was scheduled so that it would coincide with 
the meeting of the N. Y. State Horticultural 
Society, indicate the success of the efforts of 
Harold D. Phelps '09 and Roger C. Coombs 
'21 in making arrangements. 

Aggie songs, cheers and after-dinner speeches 
served to round out the program of the gather- 
ing. Among the speakers were Dr. Jacob K. 
Shaw G, William R. Cole w'02, and Oliver C. 
Roberts '18, all representatives from the Col- 
lege who happened to be in Rochester at the time. 

Alumni who attended the dinner were: E. P. 
Felt '91, W. R. Cole w'02, H. D. Phelps '09, 
W. R. Clarke '10, M. S. Hazen '10, H. M. 
Rogers '15, Y. Sauchelli '15, I. W. Ingalls w'18, 
O. C. Roberts '18, L. M. Van Alstyne '18, I. B. 
Stafford '19, R. C. Coombs '21, G. L. Slate '21 
and Dr. J. K. Shaw G. Ralph W. Rees, former 
extension professor in pomology at M.A.C. was 
present, as were guests who claimed Princeton, 
Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Hobart, Tufts and 
Syracuse as their respective alma maters. 

The Aggie gathering appeared as a regular 
part of the State Horticultural Society meeting 
in the printed program, an idea which might 
well be used at other alumni gatherings when 
held in conjunction with fairs or society meet- 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College. Alumni Bulletin. Jan. 25, 1928 



The varsity basketball team successfull\ 
christened the new playing floor in the old Drill 
Hall by starting the season with three straight 

The first was a "nip and tuck" game with 
Fitchburg Normal on January 4, the final score 
of which read M.-^.C. 31. Fitchburg -21. The 
next victim was Upsala, a New Jersey college 
which sent us a fast Swedish quintet, only to 
taste defeat by a score of 40 to 24. Northeastern 
University gave the Aggie quintet a fast first 
half, but when the final whistle blew, the maroon 
and white led 3U to 19. -Aggie lost the first 
game played away from home on January 18. 
when the Army secured 37 points to our 9. 

"Roily" f<eed, .'Aggie's diminutive captain, 
and Thomas at center have been outstanding 
as point getters so far this season, while Mur- 
dough, Ig., McEwen, rg., and Ellert, rf., have 
displayed good team work. 


At hockey, Aggie has twice met defeat, once 
when it met the well-balanced Bates sextet on 
January 12, and again at West Point on the 
18th. The scores to date are: M..'\.C. — Bates 
2, and M..-\.C. — .Army 3. The game with 
Williams at Williamstown was cancelled be- 
cause of poor ice. 

Due to the scarcity of ice on which to prac- 
tice, Coach Ball has found it necessary to 
resort to a modified game of field hockey in 
which mother earth is substituted for a skating 
surface, and a wooden ball for the regulation 
hockey puck. Excellent practice is thus ob- 
tained in olifensive and defensive play, while 
the squad is kept in the pink of condition. 

Winter Track 

Coach Derby has been putting his relay and 
track squad through an intensive drill under the 
leadership of Capt. Schappelle in preparation 
for the opening meet in Boston. 

On Saturday, F^eb. 4. .Aggie will be represented 
at Boston in the B.A..A. meet and again on 
Washington's birthday, F'eb. 22 at the .Ameri- 
can Legion meet. In the B..A..A. contests the 
relay team will meet Bates and .Amherst in a 
triangular race. 

In the Armory meet in Springfield on Feb. 
2.5, the maroon and white will run against 
Springfield College. 

Freshman Basketball 

The freshman basketball team, coached by 
"Larry" Briggs '27, is laboring under the 
handicap of a lack of experienced pla\crs. One 
game has been played and lost to date, namely 
that with South Deerfield High School on 
January 10. 

The balance of the freshman basketball 
schedule follows: 

Jan. 27 — New Salem Academy at M..A.C. 
30 — Hopkins .Academy at M..A.C. 
3 — Cashing .Academy at Ashburnham 
7 — Smith .Academy at M..A.C. 
11— Middlesex Pre-Med. at M.A.C. 
17 — Bay Path Institute at Springfield 
24 — Arms .Acad, at Shclburne Falls (pend.i 
25 — Turners Falls High at i\I..A.C. 


More Poultry Exported 

The Massachusetts Agricultural Experiment 
Station recently made a second export ship- 
ment from its well-known flock of high pro- 
ducing poultry when it started a selected pro- 
duction-bred R. I. Red cockerel to Estate Has- 
ten, a government farm, near Hamburg, 
many. Over 100 birds were recently shipped by 
the College to Chile, South America. 



Capt. Reed, leader of M.A.C. basketball 


The first faculty dance of the year was held 
in Memorial Hall, January 21, and was well 
attended. Director Willard .A. Munson 'do was 
in charge of arrangements. 

The .Amherst Post of the .American Legion 
recenth' honored members of the College faculty 
when it installed .Major N. Butler Briscoe as 
post commander and Dr. Frederick .M. Culler 
as historian of the post for the coming year. The 
installation ceremonies took place in Memorial 

Enos J. Montague '15, farm superintendent, 
was elected president of the Hampshire-Frank- 
lin Holstein F'reisian Breeder's .Association at 
its annual meeting in Greenfield, Mass., Jan. 12. 

The entire stalT of the department of agri- 
cultural economics was present at the meetings 
of the .American Economic .Association at Wash- 
ington during the week of December 2(3. 1927. 
Dr. .A. E. Cance gave an address before the 
-Association on "The Present Day Course of 
Study at an .Agricultural College." 

New regulations relative to the privilege of 
taking graduate work at the College by members 
of the staff have just been put into effect. The 
privilege is hereafter limited to institutional 
officers of the grade of assistant professor and 
grades below this. The new rules do not ap|)ly 
to members of the staff already enrolled in the 
graduate school. 


Dr. I . P. Hedrick, horticulturist and vice- 
director of the N. V. State .Agricultural Experi- 
ment Station at Geneva, N. V., will give a 
series of exchange lectures at M..A.C. from 
February 6-11 on various horticultural subjects. 

Members of the R.O.T.C. unit at the College 
are to revive the old custom of an annual mili- 
tary ball. The resurfacing of the Drill Hall 
floor has made such a plan feasible. The affair 
will be formal, with the dress to be either mili- 
tary uniform or evening clothes. February 4 
has been selected as the date for this function. 

-An elementary Greek course is being offered 
this winter under the tutelage of Mr. Dunbar 
of the French department. The course was 
given last winter and proved very popular, and 
is to be repeated this year. .Students take it 
without credit, supposedly for its aesthetic 

Mr. Dunbar is also supervising the production 
of a French and Spanish play to be presented in 
English by the undergraduates during the next 


The Musical Clubs 

The Men's Glee Club started its 1928 season 
with concerts at the U. S. \'eterans' Hospital 
at Leeds, Smith Academy, Hatfield and at 
Belchertown on Jan, 6, 9, 19 and 21 respectivcK-. 
Each was pronounced a complete success and 
equal to the standard of former .Aggie Glee 
Club concerts. 

"Dutch" .Ansell '28 is again attracting atten- 
tion with his original dance numbers, and the 
orchestra, under the direction of Miles H. 
Cubbon, a member of the faculty, provides ex- 
cellent music for dancing. The club is led this 
year b\- Edwin E. Marsh '28, of Pittsfield, 
Mass.. a member of the M.A.C. radio quartet, 
which also accompanies the Club. 

The Girl's Glee Club made its debut under 
the superstitious handicap of making the at- 
tempt on Friday, the 13th, when it appeared 
at Leeds. In spite of the mid-winter thunder 
shower and utter darkness at times in the audi- 
torium where the concert was conducted, the 
program went off without a hitch. Miss Guila 
G. Hawle\- '29 of Westfield, Mass., is leader of 
the club this year. 

The next concert by the girl's club will be in 
North .Amherst on Januarv' 27. 

The Interfraternity Sing 

The Interfraternity Sing, an event started 
three years ago will take place at 2 p. m., Satur- 
day, February 11, in Bowker Auditorium. Phi 
Sigma Kappa has won the Academic Activities 
troph\- in this contest for the past two years 
and if successful again will retain permanent 
possession of the cup. 

Coming on the date set for the mid-winter 
meeting of the -Associate Alumni and the 
fraternity initiation banquets it is expected 
that many alumni will be on hand to witness 
the contest. 

The Roister Doisters 

Philip Barry's play, "The Youngest," has 
been chosen by the Roister Doisters for presen- 
tation at the Junior Prom, which comes early 
in the spring. The cast selected for the nine 
characters in the play are, for leading parts — 
Maxwell If. Goldberg '28 of Stoneham, and 
.Miss Miriam H. Huss '29 of Newton Center; 
for other parts — Robert L. Fox '28 of Ware, 
Kenneth -A. Bartlett '28 of Dorchester, F'rank 
F. Homeyer '28 of Wellesley Hills, Miss Carmeta 
E. Sargent '29 of Shrewsbury, Miss Jane Patter- 
son '29 of -Amherst, Miss \irginia M. i\lcGold- 
rick '31 of Lee, and iVIiss Elizabeth A. Stein- 
bugler '29 of Brooklyn, N .^'. 


In addition to the definite arrangements for 
debates with Clark University at Worcester on 
Februarv 13. and with the University of Maine 
at M..A.C. on March 10, .Maxwell H. Goldberg 
'28, manager of the varsity debating team, 
announces that the debate with Springfield 
College will take place at Springfield on Febru- 
ary 23. 

The Index 

The 1929 Index, under the direction of John 
.S. Woodbury '29 of F'itchburg, editor-in-chief, 
is now nearing completion, and it is expected 
that copies of the book will be available about 
Mav 1. 

The winter term has started in earnest and 
all kinds of activities are in progress — except 
those one would expect as outdoor winter 
sports. Topcoats are taking the place of over- 
coats, dorm windows are wide open many days, 
and the whole atmosphere has been one of fall 
or early spring days. Indoor winter activities 
are in full swing, but such unseasonal outdoor 
acti\ities as baseball, golf, and collegiate Fords, 
have been far more common than snowshoe 
hikes and sleighride parties. 

(Continued on Pafte 4, col. 3) 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, Jan. 25, 1928 


vv'82 Frank H. Joyner is known as one of 
the most versatile as well as respected citizens 
of Los Angeles County, California, where he is 
not only advisory engineer and inspector 
general of all the county's road work, but he 
also has an enviable reputation as a horticul- 
turist, naturalist, violin maker, performer on 
the violin and organ, a genius, — and yet, — a 
modest man. 

'95 George A. Billings, agricultural econo- 
mist for the U. S. Tariff Commission, Washing- 
ton, D. C, is at present engaged in making a 
special study of the cost of producing milk, 
cream, flaxseed, and corn, under provisions of 
the Tariff Act of f922. He advises that Henry 
W. Lewis '95 of Columbia, South America, was 
a recent visitor in Washington. 

'00 Dr. Austin W. Morrill, consulting ento- 
mologist and agricultural specialist, reports a 
change in residence to 1434 Winchester Avenue, 
Glensdale, California. His office address is now 
709 Hillstreet Bldg., Los Angeles, California. 
Mr. Morrill is author of "Opportunities in Agri- 
cultural Science," an article published in the 
January number of The Signet, the Phi Sigma 
Kappa fraternity organ. 

'03 Dr. William E. Tottingham and his co- 
author, H. Lowsma, at the recent meeting of 
the American Association for the Advancement 
of Science at Nashville, Tenn., presented a 
valuable paper relative to the assimilation of 
light rays by various plants. 

'06 Richard Wellington, horticultural expert 
at the N. Y. Agri. Expt. Station, recently re- 
turned from a six months trip abroad which 
included sojourns in England, Germany and 

'08 & '13 Harold E. Alley and Lewis (Fuzz) 
Drury have registered for the winter term at 
the College for special work in their respective 

'09 Elmer F. Hathaway still reports himself 
as purchasing agent for the Hathaway Baking 

'10 Josiah C. Folsom is carrying on investi- 
gations relative to farm labor and wages for the 
Bur. of Agric. Econ., U.S.D.A., Washington, 
D. C. His home address is 504 So. Spruce St., 
Clarendon, Va. 

'12 Benjamin G. Southwick, county agricul- 
tural agent in Hartford County, Conn., for the 
past nine years, is now located with the Syn- 
thetic Nitrogen Products Corporation, 285 
Madison Ave., New York City. In his new 
work "Ben" will be associated with Sidney B. 
Haskell, formerly director of the Massachusetts 
Agricultural Experiment Station at M.A.C., 
Amherst. Mr. Southwick's home address is 
9 Fales St., Hartford, Conn. 

'13 Fred D. Griggs, representative to the 
state legislature from Springfield has been 
mentioned as a candidate to represent his 
district at the coming national G.O.P. conven- 

'14 Harry D. Brown reports that he is "still 
planting a few apple trees every year" on his 
farm in Billerica, Mass. Harry has two husky 
children, a boy and a girl, to send to Aggie 
some ten years hence. 

'15 Ernest B. Parmenter, well-known poultry 
farmer of F'ranklin, Mass., raised a pen of ten 
pullets last year which took second prize among 
R. I. Reds in the egg laving contest at Farming- 
dale, L. L, N. Y. One pullet layed 262 eggs 
during the contest. 

w'17 "Art" Dunn, one of the best tackles 
Aggie football ever produced, is now on an ex- 
tended trip to the Pacific coast and Cuba. 
"Art" had an arm shattered while serving over- 
seas in the World War. 

'18 Birger R. Rosequist reports himself 
"back on the job again after a long necessary 
rest." Birger was confined at the U. .S. \'eter- 
an's Hospital at Rutland, Mass., for a long 
period with a serious touch of tuberculosis. His 
many friends and classmates rejoice with him 
upon his recovery. 

'20 & '20 "Larry" Martin writes that he is 

working for "Bill" Peckham as construction 
superintendent of road building at White Plains, 
N. Y. 

w'20 George L. Anderson, dealer in antiques, 
is now located at Shoppe Pompadour, Paris, 

'23 Miss Mary K. Gildermeister, formerly 
engaged in educational work in I-'orto Rico, is 
now teaching biology, chemistry and general 
science in the high school at Randolph, \'t. 

'23 & '23 Mrs. Inza (Boles) Hilyard writes 
that she and "Norm" will be located at 228 E. 
State St., for the next year or two. 

'23 George G. I-Iolley is now in charge of 
the landscape department of the Westcott 
Nursery Co., at Falls Church, \a. 

'23 Paul E. Shumway who resigned from his 
position in the science department of the 
Shelburne Falls High School, is now employed 
as a teacher in the high school at Turners Falls, 

'24 John M. Fenton, who is a marketing 
expert for the State Department of Agriculture 
of New Jersey, is now residing at 347 Gordon 
Ave., Trenton, N. J. 

'25 Donald B. Alexander reports that all is 
well in Akron, Ohio, where he is assistant 
engineer for the Metropolitan I^ark Board of 
that city. 

'25 "Pat" Holbrook was recently transferred 
to the Springfield, Mass., office of the Liberty 
Mutual Insurance Co., by whom he is employed 
as an adjuster. 

'25 "Sammie" B. Samuel wishes -'^ggie men 
who are passing his way to be sure to pay him 
a visit. He is business manager for the National 
Farm School, Farm School, Bucks County, Pa. 

w'25 "Jim" Batal, formerly connected with 
the reporting staff of the Springfield Republican, 
is now employed by the New Bedford Standard. 

'26 Frederick A. Baker is continuing his 
pursuit for knowledge and an advanced degree 
at the Harvard School of Landscape Architec- 
ture. His Cambridge address is 18 Trowbridge 

'26 Herbert F. Bartlett is engaged in prac- 
tical agricultural work as a market gardener 
and fruit grower at West Springfield, Mass. 

'26 Edwin L. Tucker has recently been 
appointed an apprentice assistant in the agri- 
cultural department at Arms Academy, Shel- 
burne Falls, Mass. 

'27 W'endell B. Cook, who has a research 
fellowship at Iowa State College, is studying 
for an advanced degree in chemistry. 

'27 Samuel Cutler is busily engaged in teach- 
ing manual training in the high school at Dover, 
N. H., and spends his spare time studying for 
an M.A. at the University of N. H. His address 
is Phi Alpha House, Durham, N. H. 

'27 Miss Hilda M. GoUer will decorate her 
Aggie friends who may call to see her at the 
Houghton Jorney Flower Shop, Tremont St., 
Boston, where she is engaged as a florist. 

G Bhavani S. Nirody has a responsible 
position as superintendent of gardens for the 
city of New Delhi, India. New Delhi is to be 
the new "Washington of India." 

EG Dr. Francis A. Richardson, physician, 
public health lecturer and author of many 
works on health and medicine, divides his time 
between the East and West by residing in 
Boston during the winter months and in San 
Francisco during the summer. His Boston 
address is the Quincy House. 

sp-'ll Foo Tso Liang sends his "best wishes 
and kind regards to M..A.C." all the way across 
the wide spaces of the Pacific from Peking, 
China, where he is serving his government as 
Chief of General Affairs Dept., Bureau of 
Economic Information. 

EG Roland Wilkins \v;ho took advanced 
work at M.A.C. during the summer session is 
now teaching agriculture at the high school in 
Canaan, \'t. 

EG George L. Chesley, graduate student in 
landscape architecture, has taken a position in 
landscape work with the Bristol Nurseries, 
Bristol, Conn. 


'89 Burt L. Hartwell. "Relative Crop Re- 
sponse to Potash." In thujourtialof the American 
Society of Agronomy, June, 1927. 

'99 William A. Hooker. "Bibliography of 
Bacillary White Diarrhoes Infection of the 
Fowl." Circular from the Office of Experiment 
Stations, U.S.D.A. 

'00 Austin W. Morrill. "Observations "on 
Bucculatrix Gossypiella, a New and Important 
Cotton Pest." In Journal of Econ. Ent., Vol. 20, 
-No. 3, June, 1927. 

'04 John W. Gregg. "Parks, Parkways, and 
Recreational Areas." In The Architect and 
Engineer, July, 1927. 

'06 Richard Wellington. "An Experiment in 
Breeding Plums." N. Y. (Geneva) Agr. Expt. 
Sta. Tech. Bui. 127. 

w'06 Stanley F. Morse. "The New- Agricul- 
tural Profession." In Science, August 12, 1927. 

'08 Albert L. Whiting, part author two 
articles, "The Assimilation of Phosphorus from 
Phytin in Red Clover," and "The Relative 
Rates of Nitrification in Different Parts of 
Sweet Clover Plants." In Soil Science, July, 1927. 

'09 Donald J. Caffrey, junior author. 
"Spread and Infestation by the European Corn 
Borer during 1926." U.S.D.A. Misc. Circ. 104. 

'19 Henry B. Peirson, is the author of a 
very substantial treatise entitled "Manual of 
Forest Insects" published by the Maine State 
Forest Service at Augusta, Maine. 

'22 George L. Baker, junior author. "Fruit 
Jellies. V. The role of pectin. 1. The viscosity 
and jellying properties of pectin solutions." 
Del. Agr. Expt. Sta. Bui. 149. 

G Edgerton G. Hood, senior author. "The 
Composition of Canadian Cheddar and Process 
Cheese." Dominion of Canada Dept. of Agri. 
Bill. 79. 

ex-F John S. Abbott. "The Composition 
and Food Value of Margarine." Bui. No. 10. 
Institute of Margarine i\'Ifgrs. August 1, 1927. 


(Continued from Page 3) 

Thirty-nine students, by securing an average 
of 85 percent or over, have won the privilege of 
unlimited cuts for the winter term of the col- 
lege, according to announcement from the 
Dean's office. The senior class supplied twenty- 
two of the honor students, the juniors sixteen, 
and the sophomores one. Several students have 
had unlimited cuts every term since the system 
was inaugurated, but only one. Maxwell H. 
Goldberg '28 of Stoneham, debater par excellence 
and president of the Roister Doisters, has had 
an average of over 90 percent all that time. 

Goldberg is the only senior averaging over 90^ 
this term, but there are three juniors who at- 
tained this honor, Kenneth F. McKittrick of 
Boston, Miss Ruth H. Parrish of Great Barring- 
ton, and W'alter E. Southwick of Clinton. The 
only sophomore to win unlimited cuts was John 
B. Howard, Jr. of Reading. Twenty- four seniors, 
nineteen juniors, and ten sophomores obtained 
third high honors, with averages over 80 percent . 
which gives no added cut privileges. 

Nineteen more members of the freshman class 
have pledged fraternities during the second term 
pledging season. Kappa Epsilon and Lambda 
Chi Alpha lead the list with three additional 
men each. 

College dances became super-informal on 
January 13. when the Maroon Key Informal, 
sponsored by the sophomore honor society, took 
the form of a Mardi Gras, a mask costume 
party, with booths and novelty dances. The 
affair was very popular and well attended. 

Adelphia, senior honorary body, recently ob- 
tained favorable action by the student body to 
have a winter carnival of M.A.C. sometime soon. 
The Senate and M.A.C. Outing Club are co- 
operating with Adelphia in arranging plans for 
the event. 




Vol. IX. 

Return Postage 

Amherst, Massachusetts, Feb. 25, 1928 

Entered at P.O. Amherst. Mass. 1\J_ 7 
as second class matter i^O. / 


Pres. Thatcher States Ideals 

What shall be the scope of the Massachusetts 
Agricultural College? A much debated question 
was discussed by President Roscoe W. Thatcher 
at student assembly recently when he gave his 
views on the subject. He believes that the 
College should continue to render its principal 
educational service to agriculture and industrial 
welfare, but that it has an obligation as well as 
opportunity to make the widest use of its 
facilities for teaching subjects related to its 
major objective. Thus, its departments of 
science, sociology, and humanities which arc 
essential for a complete agricultural curriculum 
may serve young men and women of the Com- 
monwealth who are not primarily interested in 

He stated his firm belief in a publicly-sup- 
ported opportunity for higher education for all 
and emphasized the importance of equally high 
educational standards in all divisions of the 
college course, agriculture, horticulture, science, 
social science, and humanities. 

His address, in part, follows: 

State University Has Proved Value 

"I am a firm believer in the proved value of a 
state university as the upper grades of the 
public school system of the Commonwealth. 
This is for the reason that I think it is a wise 
American policy that parents and the youth of 
the co\mtry shall have the same opportunity for 
choice in collegiate education between demo- 
cratic education in a publicly-supported and 
controlled college or university and specialized 
education under privately controlled auspices 
and possibly undemocratic surroundings, that 
is now their privilege with respect to elementary 
and secondary education. While there are some 
parents who withdraw their children from the 
public school system at the earliest possible 
date in order to insure that they secure their 
education under special tutors and in environ- 
ment which seems to them to be more favorable 
or more to be desired than is that of the public 
schools, the great majority of loyal American 
parents prefer to have their children receive 
their educational training for American citizen- 
ship in the democratic atmosphere and sur- 
roundings of the public schools. It is my belief 
that this is a principle which ought to extend 
through collegiate and graduate school edu- 

"On the other hand, there are those who 
believe that education above the high school 
grade or beyond the compulsory age limit is a 
privilege to be earned and paid for bj- the one 
who seeks it and not a right of citizenship to 
be supplied at public expense. 

View of Commonwealth 
"Up to the present, the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts has adopted the latter view, at 
least this seems to me to be the conclusion to 
be reached from the reception which has been 
given thus far to the Report of the Fact-Finding 
Survey of Technical and Higher Education in 
Massachusetts made to the Legislature of 1924 
by the Commission which had been appointed 
for that purpose. As an exception to this 
general principle, however, the Commonwealth, 
(Continued on Page 4, col. 1) 

Frederick J. Sievers 
New Station Director, Arrives 

Professor Frederick J. Sievers. new director 
of the Massachusetts .Agricultural Fxperimcnt 
Station, whose election to fill the vacancy caused 
b>- the resignation if Sidney B. Haskell '04 was 
announced in the January number of the 
Bulletin, arrived Februarx- 1 to take over his 
new duties. 

Several receptions in honor of the new station 
director, who has been named temporary head 
of the dixision of agriculture of the College as 
well, ha\e given the officers and staff an oppor- 
tunity to become acquainted with him. .\il are 
unanimous in their approval of Professor Sievers. 
He has, in addition to a pleasing personality, a 
wealth of experience and demonstrated ability 
as an author, scientist, public speaker, educator 
and leader of men. 


Sketches of Physical Education 
Building Presented 

-About 100 alumni were on the campus on 
Saturday, February 11, to participate in the 
events of the day. This year, with the plans for 
the Phxsical Education Building Project at the 
stage where concerted action by the alumni was 
necessary, a meeting of the -Association was 

Those who had an opportunity to view the 
sketches of the proposed building for the first 
time were well rewarded for their efforts to be 
present. Future action on the project was lelt 
in the hands of the executive committee of the 

Phi Sigma Kappa Wins Cup 

Other events of the day included the annual 
Interfraternity Sing and the fraternity initiation 
banquets. The sing was held in Bowker Audi- 
( Continued on Page 4. col. .3) 


The needs of the College with respect to 
adequate physical education facilities and equip- 
ment have been called to the attention of alumni 
in recent numbers of the Biilhilii. President 
1 hatcher, in his annual report to the Board of 
Irustees of the College, also stressed the in- 
adequacx- ot the present equipment of the phvsi- 
cal education department as one of the two 
greatest handicaps to the future development of 
the College. The editorial committee of the 
Bulletin has requested from the writer a more 
detailed account of these needs, and it is in 
compliance with this request that the following 
statements are made. 

The department of phxsical education at 
-Nl.A.C. was established in 1909. At the time 
ot Its establishment plans were started to pro- 
vide the necessary building and grounds for it 
to luiiction. As an immediate and temporary 
measure the military department arranged to 
share the old Drill Hall with the new depart- 
ment. This building was, even at that time, 
considered to be one of the obsolete buildings 
on the campus and wholly inadequate for the 
uses assigned to it. The Drill Hall, built in 
1882 at a cost of about S8000 for military train- 
ing purposes in a college of less than one hundred 
students, was then to house not onlv the military 
but another department which must accommo- 
date a large portion of a student body that had 
grown to over four hundred. Such' were the 
beginnings in 1909. 

Little Improvement in 19 Years 

Simultaneously with the inauguration of the 
physical education department, therefore, there 
was general acknowledgment of the lack of 
necessary equipment for the department to 
properly function in the general scheme of 
education. Nineteen years have now passed 
and the equipment of the department has not 
been improved except for the construction of 
the .Alumni Athletic Field by alumni, faculty, 
and friends of the College, out-door facilities for 
women and recent much-needed repairs to the 
old Drill Hall. During these years physical 
education has come to be universally accepted 
as a necessary part in the curriculum of every 
secondary school, college and university. Four- 
teen states, including Massachusetts, have 
passed laws requiring that physical education 
be given a definite place in the educational pro- 
grams of their public schools. In a majority of 
the states the state colleges and universities are 
leaders in furthering this program, both in pro- 
viding physical education for all students and 
in training teachers who organize and carry on 
the work in public high and grade schools. 

The lack of adequate physical education 
equipment at M.A.C. as compared with that of 
twenty and probably a larger number of state 
colleges and universities throughout the country 
is indeed striking. The students who come to 
this .State supported college are not provided 
with even the ordinary physical education 
facilities. Everj' one of the many New England 
endowed colleges and universities has far better 
facilities than M.A.C. 

Some of the Problems 

An unbiased critic of the physical education 
department of the College might make inquiry 
(Continued on Page 4 col. 3) 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, Feb. 25, 1928 


Published monthly at Amherst, Mass. (except July and August) by the Associate Alumni of M.A.C. 
Member of The Alumni Magazines Associated 

Subscription Ppice 

$1.00 per year 

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Entered as second class matter, March 17 
1020. at the Postoffice at Amherst, Mass. 
■nder ihe Acts of March 3. 1879. 


Linus H. Jones 'IQ, Chairman 


Roland H. Verbeck '08 
William L. Doran '15 
Marshall O. Lanphear '18 
Earle S. Carpenter '24 
Miss Mary Foley '24 
Elmer E. Barber '26 
Calton O. Cartwright '27 
Philip F. Whitmore '15, ex officio 
William I. Goodwin "18, ex officio 

Address all communications to The Alumni Office, M. A. C, Amherst, Mass. 



Walter D. Cowls w'72 

Walter D. Cowls w'72, prominent business 
man, farmer, lumberman, legislator, town 
official and loyal alumnus of M.A.C, died at 
his home in North Amherst, Mass., on February 
4, 1928, at the age of 75. His death was caused 
by angina pectoris following an illness of three 

Mr. Cowls spent his whole Ufe on the big 
North Amherst farm which his father and 
grandfather had tilled before him. About fifty 
years ago he went into the lumber business, 
eventually becoming one of the largest indi- 
vidual dealers in native lumber and owners of 
timber and sprout land in western Massachu- 
setts. For a number of years he was interested 
in the contracting business with firm of Cowls, 
Childs and Dayton, building macadam roads, 
and other large undertakings of a like nature. 
He was a promoter of the Amhfirst and Sunder- 
land Street Railway Company and its president 
for ten years. 

As a politician Mr. Cowls was successful, 
serving as town selectman in 1844-86, and was 
representative to the General Court of Massa- 
chusetts from the Third Hampshire district in 
1912-14. He was a member of the Amherst 
Club and always an interested and loyal sup- 
porter of the Associate Alumni and its activities. 

He leaves a widow and brother in addition to 
a sister and daughter, the latter being the wife 
of Gerald D. Jones, M.A.C. '03. 

Charles C. Crowe '19 

Word has just been received of the death on 
January 13 at Norwich, Conn., of Charles 
Cameron Crowe, a prominent member of the 
class of 1919. 

Although one of the younger alumni to gradu- 
ate from M.A.C, Mr. Crowe had a promising 
career before him in the sales department of the 
Titus Blatter and Company, cotton converters, 
of New York City. He had been connected with 
this company for several years. 

"Charlie", as he was known to his classmates, 
was born July 24, 1896 at Chester, Pa. He 
entered M.A.C. in September, 1915, from Nor- 
wich Free Academy, Norwich, Conn., choosing 
pomology as his major course. His ability and 
popularity were recognized by his fellow stu- 
dents who selected him to represent them on 
the 1919 Index Board, as leader of the Glee 
Club, assistant manager of basketball, and 
member of several of the important social 
committees. He was also a basketball player 
of note. Concerning the nature of his character 
the 1919 Index carries the following quotation: 
'A fountain of wit, tJio' well concealed' ." 

On August 26, 1918, Mr. Crowe enlisted in 
the U. S. Medical Service and served with that 
branch until August 10, 1919, re-entering Col- 
lege the following month. 

He was a member of the Kappa Sigma frater- 

Frank G. Urner w'77 

The report of the sudden death of Frank 
Gordon Urner w'77 by heart failure on January 
7, 1928 was received by his friends, classmates 
and associates with keen regret. The loss of 
this outstanding alumnus causes a severe break 
in the ranks of the alumni of the College, es- 
pecially among those who enjoy the world-wide 
reputation that was Mr. Urner's. Mr. Urner 
was enroute by sea to San Diego, California, in 
an effort to improve his health and to spend 
the winter with his brother when the end came. 

Mi. Urner was born in New York City on 
September 30, 1858, and entered M.A.C with 
the class of '77 from Elizabeth, N. J. In 1875 
he left College to enter the market reporting 
business of his father, now known as the Urner- 
Barry Company, gradually working his way to 
the presidency of that organization and editor- 
in-chief of the New York Produce Review and 
American Creamery. In the latter capacity Mr. 
Urner attained world-wide prominence in the 
dairy and poultry product trades, Avhere he was 
recognized as the leading economist, analyst and 
editorial writer of the field. 

He was an authority on the subject of cold 
storage of perishable foods and on all phases of 
egg marketing. His suggestions regarding the 
grading of eggs were later adopted by the U. S. 
Department of Agriculture. He also performed 
services of untold value to the New York Mer- 
cantile Exchange, of which organization he was 
formerly vice-president, and his assistance to 
the U. S. Food Administration during the 
World War was particularly appreciated. 

The attainments of Mr. Urner were many 
and great. He was a lover of good music and 
was a composer of no mean ability. He was a 
Mason and a member of the old D.G.K. frater- 
nity. A daughter and three sons survive him. 

Charles F. W. Felt '86 

Charles F. W. Felt '86 railroad chief engineer, 
and one of Aggie's most prominent alumni, 
passed away after an illness of several months 
at Colorado Springs, Colorado, February 4, 1928. 

Mr. Felt was born at Salem, Mass., April 29, 
1864 and studied in the public schools at North- 
borough, Mass., before entering M.A.C. in the 
fall of 1882. Immediately after graduation from 
M.A.C. he entered the railroad construction 
business with the A.T.& S.F., as axeman and 
rodman, later working as bridge engineer. 

After two years' service with that railroad, 
he worked for a time as a levelman for the 
Denver & Rio Grande; as instrument man for 
the Arizona & Southeastern for a year, and 
resident engineer for the Gulf, Colorado & 
Santa Fe, at Cleburne, Texas, during 1892 and 
1893. Subsequently he served as office engineer 
for the Rio Grande Southern railroad; division 
engineer for the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe, and 
resident engineer for the same road at Galveston, 

He served as chief engineer of the G.,C.& S.F. 
until 1909, when he went to the Atchison, 
Topeka & Santa Fe in the same capacity, and 
since 1913 has been chief engineer of that 
entire system, making his home at 5344 Hyde 
Park Boulevard, Chicago. He was a former 
president of the American Association of Rail- 
road Engineers, and his name appears in various 
"Who's Who" publications. 

Mr. Felt was held in the highest regard by 
his classmates and all those with whom he came 
in contact at M.A.C. This fact is evidenced by 
the record of his election to offices of prominence 
in his class and in the various organizations then 
in existence on the campus. He was president 
at one time of the C.S.C, the Washington 
Irving Literary Society, the College Christian 
Association and of his class. He also partici- 
pated in musical club activities and athletics 
and was odist for his class at graduation. His 
splendid scholarship was recognized by his 
election to Phi Kappa Phi. 

He is survived by his widow, who before 
marriage was Miss Clara C Root of Galveston, 
Texas; three brothers, Dr. E. Porter Felt, 
M.A.C. '91 of Nassau, N. Y., who is state 
etymologist of New York; George H. Felt of 
Northboro and Benjamin F. Felt of Melrose, 
former city editor of the Herald, and a sister. 
Miss Elizabeth A. Felt of Boston. 

Viola M. Cameron '21 

Miss Viola Mary Cameron '21, principal of 
the Pascommuck School, Easthampton, Mass., 
succumbed to an attack of pneumonia on 
January 30, 1928. 

Born in Malone, N. Y., November 20, 1896, 
Miss Cameron came to Easthampton with her 
parents at an early age, where she received her 
early education, later attending New Salem 
Academy. She entered M.A.C. with the class 
of 1921 and studied agricultural economics as a 
major course. Her popularity among her class- 
mates secured her election to the Women's 
Student Council and to the Delta Phi Gamma 

After graduation Miss Cameron accepted a 
position as county club agent at Brattleboro, 
Vermont, and later taught school in Cumming- 
ton, Northampton, Belchertown and East- 
hampton, Mass. In the latter town she was 
employed during the past three years as teacher 
and principal in both day and evening schools 
and attained the reputation of being a tireless 
and energetic worker. 

She was a member of the Congregational 
Church and a member of the Eastern Star. 


Kenneth Reeves Craig, formerly a member of 
the class of 1925 and its president his freshman 
year, passed away at the Weymouth Hospital, 
Weymouth, Mass., February 6, 1928, following 
a brief illness. Mr. Craig was a member of the 
Kappa Gamma Phi fraternity at M.A.C. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, Feb. 25, 1928 


Association Meeting 

Thirty alumni attended the mid-winter meet- 
ing of the Association in Memorial Hall and had 
the first opportunity as a group to view and 
discuss the original sketches of the proposed 
new Physical Education Building. 

Philip F. Whitmore '15, president of the 
Association, directed the meeting. Following a 
report by the secretary of the activities and 
progress of the Association on the Physical 
Education Building Project and of the favorable 
action of the Board of Trustees of the College 
on the same subject, President Thatcher ad- 
dressed the gathering. 

In his address. President Thatcher spoke of 
the fine co-operation of the alumni in behalf of 
the College since his acceptance of the execu- 
tive's chair. He also spoke with encouragement 
and optimism concerning the possibilities of 
success of the Physical Education Building Pro- 
ject. The Trustees, he reported, were confident 
that the necessary sum for the erection of the 
building could be raised within a reasonable 

Prof. Curry S. Hicks, who has been untiring 
in his efforts on the preliminary work on the 
Physical Education Building was honored by 
the Association in being elected to honorary 
life membership in that body. 

Meeting of Executive Committee 

The executive committee of the Associate 
Alumni, Philip F. Whitmore '15 presiding, met 
at the College on February 11, and conducted 
the following business. 

1. Accepted the report of the treasurer which 
showed a balance of S3 17.-12 on the budget 
account of the Association. 

2. Received the reports of the favorable 
action of the Board of Trustees of the College 
relative to the Association plans to conduct a 
campaign to secure funds for the erection of a 
Physical Education Building. 

3. Voted an expression of thanks and appre- 
ciation to the Board of Trustees for their support 
and suggestions with reference to the plans for 
launching the Physical Edtication Building Pro- 

4. Examined and voted to adopt the sketches 
of the proposed Physical Education Building as 
submitted by Clinton F. Coodwin '16. 

5. Accepted a progress report on the new 
Alumni Directory. 

6. Voted that the alumni secretary be dele- 
gated to attend the annual conference of the 
American Alumni Council to be held May 3, 
4 and 5 at Minneapolis, Minnesota. 


'26 Harry E. Fraser to Miss Helen Robinson 
at Chelsea, Mass., February 4, 1928. 

'26 Myron N. Smith to Miss Helen M. 
Jackson at Worcester, Mass., Dec. 17, 1927. 


'23 F. Earl Williams to Miss Ruth Bugbee, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N. P. Bugbee of 
Springfield, Mass. Miss Bugbee is a graduate 
of Mount Holyoke College. 

Football Histories 

There are still copies available of the 
first chapter of the History of Football, 
Massachusetts Agricultural College, at 
twenty-five cents per copy. Every Aggie 
man interested in football should not fail 
to familiarize himself with the early 
history of football at Aggie. 

Earle S. Carpenter 
Secretary, Varsity Club 
Amherst, Mass. 


The M.A.C. Club of New York City is 
planning to hold its annual banquet in the near 
future according to word received from Thomas 
Hemenway '12, secretary of the Club. Alumni 
within travelling distance of New York City 
should be on the lookout for notice of this event. 

The M.A.C. Club of Greater Boston also has 
plans underway for a big pow-wow of all Aggie 
men, similar to that held last year. Edward C. 
Edwards '14, president of the Club will soon 
announce the time and place of the gathering. 

Several "salts" of the class of '13 held a 
meeting on campus recently to make plans for 
the fifteenth reunion of the class in June. With 
Clark Thayer, Paul Serex, "Kid" Ciore and 
"Fuzz" Drury as a campus nucleus '13 may be 
assured of a reunion with plenty of "pep". 

Headquarters have already been reserved in 
Memorial Hall for the reunions in June of the 
following classes: '78, '88, '98, '03, '09, '13, 'IS, 
and '27. Wanted — to hear from the following 
classes: '97, '99, '00, '07, '08, '10, '23, '25 and 

The class of 'IS is coming back in June 
three score strong according to reports received 
by Howard Russell, class president. A campus 
committee on arrangements composed of "Gyp" 
Goodwin, "Bob" Hawley, "Whitey" Lanplieai 
and "Tobey" Roberts has been working on 
plans for the "Big Tenth" for some time. 

The M.A.C. Club of Washington, D. C, held 
its first regular monthly luncheon of the season 
at the Harrington Hotel, Washington, January 
26. Plans were discussed concerning a mid- 
winter gathering of the Club to be held in the 
near future. 


'90 A daughter, Grace Sears, to Mr. and 
Mrs. Frederick L. Taylor, February 18, 1928, at 
Ro.xbury, Mass. 

'13 A daughter, Grace Packard, to Mr. and 
Mrs. James D. French, Dec. 29, 1927, at Need- 
ham, Mass. 

'15 A son, John, to Mr. and Mrs. Donald H. 
Cande, October 24, 1927, at Dalton, Mass. 

'15 A daughter, Ruth Janet, to Mr. and 
Mrs. Harold M. Rogers, October 12, 1927, at 
Southington, Conn. 

'18 A son, Richard Theodore, to Mr. and 
Mrs. Theodore B. Mitchell, December 9, 1927, 
at Raleigh, N. C. 

'19 A son, Robert, to iMr. and Mrs. John 
D. Shore, January 29, 1928 at Dorchester, 
Mass. Mrs. Shore was formerly Miss Anna 
Liebman '19. 

'21 A son, Donald Sherman, to i\Ir. and 
Mrs. Charles G. Mackintosh, Jan. 1, 1928, at 
High Point, N. C. 

'21 A son, David Richardson, to Mr. and 
Mrs. Richard A. Waite, Dec. 12, 1927, at 
Shrewsbury, Mass. 

'22 A daughter, Helen Frances, to Mr. and 
Mrs. Francis S. Tucker, Nov. 9, 1927, at Johan- 
nesburg, South Africa. 

'24 A son, Robert Arthur, Jr., to Mr. and 
.Mrs. Robert A. Barrows, Jan. 8, 1928, at 
Middletown, Conn, 

'24 & w'25 A daughter. Norma, to Mr. and 
Mrs. Norman H. MacAfee, June 11, 1927, at 
Dedham, Mass. 

'25 .\ son, Donald Paul, to Mr. and Mrs. 
Donald B. Alexander, January 11, 1928, at 
Akron, Ohio. 

'25 A son, Edward Forster, Jr., to Mr. and 
Mrs. Edward F'. Ingraham, July 31, 1927, at 
Millis, Mass. 

'25 A daughter, Jean Roberta, to Mr. and 
Mrs. Donald E. Ross, Sept. 7, 1927, at White 
Plains, N. Y. 


Dr. Joseph H. Hills '81 

Dr. Joseph H. Hills '81, Dean and Director of 
the College and Agricultural Experiment Sta- 
tion, University of Vermont, has been elected 
president of the National Association of Land- 
Grant Colleges and Universities. 

For nearly a quarter of a century DeaiL Hills 
served the Association as secretary, and for 
more than a quarter of a century has also 
served as treasurer. Because of his thorough 
knowledge of land-grant institutions, and sound 
judgment as to developments within siich in- 
stitutions, he has long been considered one of 
the outstanding educational leaders in tHis 
group of colleges. Not only is an Aggie man 
honored in this election, but the Association of 
Land-Grant Colleges and Universities honors 
itself in securing Dean Hills' services. 

Herbert K, Hayes '08 

Herbert K. Hayes '08, of the University of 
Minnesota, was elected a Fellow of the American 
Society of Agronomy at the meeting held- in 
Chicago, recently. 

Dr. Hayes, following his undergraduate work 
at M.A.C, took service first with the Connecti- 
cut Agricultural Experiment Station, and later 
went from there to Minnesota. He has been 
chairman of a number of important agronomy 
committees concerned with plant breeding prob- 
lems as related to cereal grains, and has made 
a name for himself the country over for the 
soundness of his work. 

Dr. Robert W. Lyman '71 

Dr. Robert W. Lyman '71, professor of law 
at Dickinson Law School, Carlisle, Pa., was 
recently presented a gold medal by the Grand 
Lodge of Masons of Massachusetts in recogni- 
tion of his fifty consecutive years of member- 
ship in the Masonic order. The award is one 
of the highest honors which can be granted 
within the province of Masonry. 

Prof. Lyman, who has been a member of the 
Dickinson Law School faculty for fifteen years, 
studied at Boston University, Yale, and the 
University of Michigan after graduation from 
I\LA.C. He is a member of the Q.T.V. and 
Phi Kappa Phi fraternities at M.A.C. 

Almon W. Spaulding '17 

Almon W. Spaulding '17, through persistent 
effort and demonstration of his ability in sales 
promotion and advertising, was appointed to 
the responsible position of advertising manager 
of the Hartford Accident and Indemnity Com- 
pany recently. 

NIr. Spaulding was graduated from M.A.C. 
with the class of 1917, just ten years ago. He 
immediately enlisted in the U. S. Army and 
served in the A.E.F. ambulance service nearly 
two years. He rendered heroic service on the 
Aisne, Champagne and Flanders fronts, receiv- 
ing for his display of marked ability and courage 
the French Croix de Guerre and a commen- 
dation for bravery under fire from General 

Following his discharge from the army in 
1919, Mr. Spaulding returned to M.A.C. for a 
time, as executive manager of the Memorial 
Building Campaign, where he obtained a start 
in his advertising career. The success of this 
campaign was due in no small part to his leader- 
ship. He was ne.xt employed in advertising work 
successively by the Filene Stores at Boston, the 
American Writing Paper Company at Holyoke, 
and, since 1921, by the Hartford Fire Insurance 
Company at Hartford, Conn. While employed 
by the latter organization he has worked his way 
upward to the position to which he has just 
been appointed. 

He is a charter member of the Insurance Ad- 
vertising Conference, president of the Hartford 
Advertising Club and co-author of "Advertising 
Property Insurance", the first book on insurance 
advertising to be published. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, Feb. 25, 1928 


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in common with all other states of the Union, 
does provide publicly-supported collegiate edu- 
cation intended to promote industrial and agri- 
cultural welfare. As the Commission pointed 
out, this means not alone the provision of 
trade-school education in handicraft skill but 
'calls for a preeminently higher level of pro- 
ductive capacity which can be secured only 
through the better education and training of 
those responsible for production and distribu- 
tion, including the entire personnel: — from the 
humblest man performing the simplest skilled 
labor to the highest specialist designing the 
most complicated machinery or managing the 
largest plant.' Further the Commission pointed 
out that even more than she needs skilled opera- 
tives, Massachusetts needs 'men of superior 
natural ability and scientific training to carry 
on research in the larger problems leading to 
scientific discoveries, new forms of production 
and more efficient and economical distribution. 
As applied to agriculture, the Commission points 
out that this means that 'the State needs not 
only trained farmers, — -but it also needs trained 
managers of storage, fertilizer and food-process- 
ing plants, transportation managers, market 
speciaHsts, dietitians, agricultural control special- 
ists, and others trained in the three-fold problem 
of production, conservation, and distribution.' 
The Commission added that education in home 
economics 'properly belongs to this college and 
should be offered at once.' 

Statement of College Charter 

"From this standpoint, the charter of the 
College, which states that 'the leading object of 
the College shall be to teach subjects relating 
to agriculture and the mechanic arts, so as to 
promote liberal and practical education. Its 
curriculum may include other scientific and 
classical studies and shall include military tac- 
tics,' is not too broad an authorization, and may 
properly be our guide in determining upon the 
methods and materials which shall be used in 
our educational program. 

"But until such time as the Commonwealth 
adopts a different view with reference to state- 
supported education of collegiate grade than it 
now has, the dominant purpose of our curricula 
must be to accomplish the purposes set forth in 
the Federal Morrill Act and the State's charter 
of the College." 

Equality of Courses Necessary 

The President then discussed at some length 
the standards of admission, collegiate work and 
graduation which should prevail at the College 
in order to insure that the purpose of the insti- 
tution shall be accomplished. He stated his 
belief that in every particular these should be 
as high and as effective as they are when these 
same subjects are taught in the several colleges 
of a state university. He pointed out that in 
such a university, the work of its several col- 
leges is of equal academic rank and quality so 
that students of any given group secure their 
basic courses in one college and their applied 
courses in another and make equal progress 
toward their degree regardless of which college 
their courses are offered in. Hence, when these 
courses are all offered in a single college, as at 
M.A.C., they must have equal standards and 
equal academic ranking in progress toward the 
degree of Bachelor of Science which is conferred 
upon graduation. 


Foreign Fellowsliips 

The American Field Service Fellowships for 
French Universities, Inc., announces a limited 
number of fellowships for advanced study in 
France for the year 1928-29. Alumni of M.A.C. 
who are interested in becoming candidates for 
these fellowships should communicate at once 
with the Institute of International Education, 
2 West 45th Street, New York City. 


Saturday, May 5 

Essay Contest Announced 

Complete plans for the nineteenth annual high 
school day to be held Saturday, May 5, at 
M.A.C. will soon be announced by the College. 

This year an essay contest will be conducted 
as in 1927, but in place of the short story con- 
test there will be a verse contest. These con- 
tests are conducted in conjunction with the 
High School Day program and are primarily for 
the benefit of boys and girls interested in M.A.C 
and prizes will be awarded only to competitors 
who are present to receive them in person at 
M.A.C, on High School Day. Manuscripts 
must be typewritten, and authenticated as the 
competitor's own work by the principal of the 
high school. They must be received at the 
Secretary's office,. M.A.C, Amherst, Mass., on 
or before April 15. The judges reserve the right 
to withhold the award or apply it in the other 
group, in case there are not two manuscripts of 

Descriptions of the contests follow: 

Essay Contest 

Two prizes are offered: .125.00, first; and 
.f 15.00, second. Essays should not exceed 1000 
words. The subjects are to be taken from the 
following group. Each subject is suggested by 
the five general divisions of the course of study 
at M.A.C. 

(a) A Friendly Flower. (Horticulture) 

(b) Chemistry's Greatest Achievement. 


(c) In Deferjse of the Pure-Bred. 


(d) Why I Like My Community. 

(Social Science) 

(e) A Great Word for a Great Occasion. 


Verse Contest 

Two prizes are offered: .$25.00, first; and 
$15.00, second. Verses should observe a poetic 
pattern and should not exceed twenty lines. 
Subjects are to be taken from the following 

(a) First Thaw. 

(b) To a Dog. 

(c) Babe Ruth 

(d) Flooding Waters. 

Patch w'13 Out for Mayoralty 

Roy K. Patch w'13 of Beverly, Mass., is 
seeking further honors in the political field 
according to a recent announcement made by 
him of his candidacy for the mayoralty of 

Mr. Patch is one of the best-known young 
men in Beverly. He already has a fine political 
record as a member and president of the board 
of aldermen in his native city. He has also 
served as chairman of the finance committee of 
the board. 

In addition to his reputation as an outstand- 
ing citizen, Mr. Patch is widely known as a 
singer, being a member of one of the most 
popular radio quartets of Boston. He has often 
assisted the alumni radio program on World 
Aggie Nights with vocal selections, and on 
February 17, appeared on the program of the 
M.A.C. Musical Clubs Concert at the College. 

In seeking this new office Mr. Patch has the 
best wishes of the alumni for his success. 

Several Connecticut Valley secondary schools 
have already accepted the invitation from the 
physical education department of the College to 
participate in the basketball tournament to be 
held in the Drill Hall, March 8, 9, and 10. The 
high schools at Monson, Palmer, Ware, East- 
hampton, Turners Falls, South Deerfield, and 
Hopkins and Arms Academies have been asked 
to compete for the various team and individual 
prizes which will be offered. 


(Continued from Page 1) 
somewhat as follows: If an average of seventy 
percent of the freshman classes are found upon 
examination to have faulty posture, as records 
show, why are no corrective measures taken? 
Why is not something done for students who 
do not volunteer for athletic teams in the same 
manner that training is provided for those who 
do? Why is there no systematic physical edu- 
cation program for students who are rejected 
for military training? Why is there no adequate 
provision for proper gymnastic exercises for 
students? These questions present a few of the 
problems which could be remedied if given the 
proper equipment and facilities. 

The program of the department at present 

1. Physical examination of all entering male 

2. A minimum of two periods per week of 
outdoor play and games (weather permitting) 
during the fall and spring for men in the fresh- 
man and sophomore classes. Women students 
have the same program with the addition of 
gymnastic exercises during the winter terms, 
limited to such exercises as may be given in a 
class room of Stockbridge Hall. 

3. The development of teams for inter- 
collegiate, interclass, and interfraternity con- 

The Remedies 

Seventy per cent of the students are enrolled 
in our work at some time during each year but 
a great portion of the good to be realized is 
made negative by the lack of adequate indoor 
equipment. There are, of course, no bathing 
facilities or dressing rooms for the women stu- 
dents in Stockbridge Hall and similar facilities 
for the male students in the old Drill Hall and 
in South College are entirely inadequate. 

The great need is for a central physical edu- 
cation building which will adequately provide: 
Sanitary dressing rooms, bathing facilities, 
swimming pool, rooms and equipment for cor- 
rective exercise, large floor space for mass class 
exercise and games, hand ball courts, and other 
modern facilities to make physical exercise a 
pleasure rather than a punishment; an aid 
rather than a menace to health. With such a 
central building the play and games on the 
fields could be made to yield the return in 
health and habits which are to be expected from 
a well-organized physical education program. 
Curry S. Hicks, 
Prof, of Physical Education 
and Head of Department 

100 Alumni Attend 

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torium, where Phi Sigma Kappa sung its way 
into permanent possession of the silver loving 
cup presented by the academic activities board 
as a result of that fraternity's third successive 
victory in the contest. Eight organizations 
competed in the sing this year. 

Initiation banquets occupied the evening 
hours for nine fraternities. Honors for the 
largest delegation of alumni present went to 
Kappa Sigma with twenty-four graduates back. 
The number of alumni reported in attendance 
at the other banquets are as follows: Kappa 
Epsilon 15, Alpha Gamma Rho 12, Lambda Chi 
Alpha 12, Sigma Phi Epsilon 12, Phi Sigma 
Kappa 12, Alpha Sigma Phi 10, Q.T.V. 10, and 
Theta Chi 8. 

M.A.C. Voted Membership A.A.U.W. 

M.A.C. was recently voted associate member- 
ship in the American Association of University 
Women, an organization which has among other 
purposes an aim to maintain high standards of 
education and to further the interests of women 
in education. By this action such privileges as 
are accorded associate members are available to 
alumnae of M.A.C. 

The A.A.U.W. is also a constituent member 
of the International Federation of University 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, Feb. 25, 1928 



The varsity basketball team has won four 
and has lost three games during the past month. 
In one of the most exciting games seen in the 
old Drill Hall, the smooth working aggregation 
led by "Roily" Reed defeated Maine by a 24 
to 20 score. On January 28 the varsity did good 
work by holding the more experienced Spring- 
field team to a 25 to 10 score. On February 9 
the varsity defeated Williams 27 to 21 in a 
spectacular game at Williamstown. The follow- 
ing evening on the Drill Hall floor Aggie lost 
to Pratt Institute 22 to 13. Thomas, Reed, and 
McEwen were physically handicapped with mid- 
season injuries. Starting with Coukos, Mann, 
Reed, Ellert, and Murdough on February 13, 
the varsity defeated St. Michaels 26 to 13. The 
subs made a good showing. In the game agamst 
Harvard the Aggie basketeers lost 27 to 16, but 
came back strong in the contest with W.P.I, by 
winning 27 to 20. 

Several of the hardest games still remam on 
the schedule. To date Aggie has won seven 
contests and lost four in the present season. 


The varsity hockey team has lost four games 
during the past month. Two of these games were 
very close. The scores are as follows: Hamilton 
2 M.A.C. 1; New Hampshire -i, M.A.C. 2; 
Bates 2, M.A.C. 1; Amherst 4, M.A.C. 1. The 
return game with Amherst which was scheduled 
for February 14 was cancelled because of poor 
skating surface, as were the contests with 
Middlebury and the University of Vermont. 

Winter Track 

The varsity winter track team opened the 
season on January 15 at the K. of C. meet in 
Boston. The relay team composed of Van Hall, 
Schappelle, Davis, and Hall, were outclassed by 
the fast B. U. entry. The second event of the 
season, the B.A.A. meet on February 4, was a 
very close race between the varsity and Bates. 
The latter emerged victorious by a scant ten or 
fifteen yards. Robertson, a sophomore from 
Leydcn, Mass., ran his first varsity relay meet 
during this contest. The other members of the 
team were Hall, Davis and Schappelle. John 
Kay, a regular, has been unable to compete 
because of a sprained muscle. At W.P.I., on 
February 18, Aggie was outclassed by a score 
of 48 to 29. 

The season closes w^ith the Armory meet at 
Springfield on February 25 where a squad of 
twelve men will represent the maroon and 
white. "Vin" Henneberry '27, winner of the 
Rolls-Royce mile cup last year, and who is now 
doing graduate work in entomology at the 
College, is training to defend the cup this year. 
"Vin" will run unattached as this event is open 
to all comers. 

Freshman Hockey 

Coach Ball has some good material for next 
year's hockey team in the freshman sextet. 
Frost, who is the son of Harold L. Frost '95, is 
one of the most promising members of the 
team. To date, the sextet has defeated Deer- 
field Academy, Greenfield High, and Holyoke 
High, and has lost a close game to Williston 

Freshman Basketball 

Coach Larry Briggs '27 has a rather unique 
schedule this year for the freshman basketball 
team. Nearly all of the opposing teams are 
coached by Aggie alumni: South Deerfield — 
Ronald Jack w^'25; New Salem Academy — John 
Tulenko '26; Cushing Academy— "Eddie" Bike 
'24; Middlesex Pre-Med — "Sol" Gordon '25; 
Arms Academy — Leo Duffy '25. 

To date the team has defeated New Salem, 
Hopkins and Smith Academy, and Middlesex 
Pred-Medical School, and have lost to South 
Deerfield, Clark School, Cushing Academy and 
Bay Path Institute. Lockwood, Minkstein, and 
Davis are the leading scorers. 


Miss Edna L. Skinner, head of the depart- 
ment of home economics, has been granted 
leave of absence for graduate study at Colum- 
bia University during the second semester of 
this year. During her absence Miss Margaret 
Hamlin will serve as acting advisor of women 
and Miss Helen Knowlton as acting head of 
the department. 

A good old-fashioned faculty smoker was held 
in Memorial Hall, February 6, in honor of the 
new experiment station director, Frederick J. 

Members of the college staff are included in 
the classification of the employees of the Com- 
monwealth which has recently been put into 
effect. Laborers, clerks and the professional 
staff are placed into 102 groups or classes with 
a minimum and maximum salary for each class. 
These salar^• ranges are generally higher than 
the rate which has been effective and involve a 
twehe percent increase in the salary ranges of 
the institution of which five percent will be 
reached this year. The larger increases apply 
in the lower grades. 

President Thatcher considers the new classi- 
fication quite satisfactory from the college view 
point. The salaries which it provides lor the 
lower grades compare very favorably with those 
paid by the best institutions of this kind. While 
salaries provided for the higher grades are not 
entirely satisfactory he hopes to secure more 
satisfactory rates in the near future. 


New enthusiasm is being shown in the varsity 
rifle team this season, principally due to the 
improvements made in the indoor ride gallery. 
Sgt. Frank Cronk is coaching the forty candi- 
dates who are competing for the team. The 
schedule of thirty-five matches with other 
colleges and universities is already in progress. 

The old Drill Hall came once more into its 
own on February 4, when the first military ball 
to be held at the College since 1898 became 
campus history under the auspices of the 
R.O.T.C. unit. Over 125 coui)les were present 
for this most colorful occasion. The alTair was 
formal, tuxedos and uniforms mixing with 
evening gowns in making it a notable occur- 
rence. Military weapons, old and new, aided 
by college and fraternity banners, decked the 
hall, and the orchestra shot forth its notes from 
behind a barricade of rifles, sabres and machine 

One of the surprise events of the ball was the 
appearance of a wedding party, the principals 
of which were Mr. and Mrs. Ralph France, who 
were married earlier in the evening. The bride 
was formerly Miss Frances C. Thompson, a 
senior at M.A.C, and daughter of Professor 
Charles H. Thompson of the department of 
horticulture; while the groom is a graduate stu- 
dent in the department of bacteriology, t \j^ 

Forty-three awards, thirty for athletic achieve- 
ment and thirteen for academic activities were 
awarded to undergraduates at a recent Insignia 
Chapel at the College. Sweaters and certificates 
were awarded in athletics for football and cross 
country; while gold and silver medals were 
presented to those who qualified in such activi- 
ties as the Collegian, Index, Musical Clubs, 
Roister Doisters and debating. 

The series of exchange lectures delivered by 
Dr. U. P. Hedrick, noted horticulturist and 
vice-director of the N. Y. State Agricultural 
Experiment Station, February 6-10 at M.A.C. 
attracted wide attention. The subjects on 
which he spoke were of special interest to those 
engaged in pomological work and horticultural 


The Musical Clubs 

Alumni and friends of the College who were 
fortunate enough to hear the Aggie Musical 
Clubs perform at Maynard, Hyannis or Con- 
cord on January 26, 27 and 28 respectively, 
were well rewarded according to all reports. 
The Clubs are among the best which have been 
organized at M.A.C. in many years, which fact 
the encores tendered them by the several 
audiences bore out. 

The Clubs, which includes an orchestra, in- 
vaded the eastern part of the State thirty 
strong, conveyed by a caravan of motor vehicles 
and literally took their audiences by storm. 
"Don" Lent '21, former .'\ggie football, basket- 
ball and baseball star, was in a large measure 
responsible for the appearance of the Clubs in 
Maynard. At Hyannis the performance was 
sponsored by the Wide Awake Club, a local 
organization, with Mrs. William P. Suzan, 
(formerly Bena C. Erhard '19) acting as hostess 
in a large degree to the whole group. 

The program at Concord was given before a 
capacity house largely made up of Aggie alumni, 
under the auspices of the Middlesex County 
Alumni Association, James W. Dayton '13 
acting as charge d'alfairs, and the Concord 
Parent-Teacher's Association. It was here that 
the Clubs received a tremendous thrill when 
nearly the entire audience rose to join in sing- 
ing "Sons of OKI Massachusetts." 

The annual Social Union entertainment of the 
combined men's and women's Clubs in Bowker 
Auditorium on February 17 provided a fitting 
climax to a successful season. Roy K. Patch 
w'13 of Beverly, Mass., tenor soloist of wide 
repute, added in a large degree to the program; 
while the campus quartet composed of Edwin 
E. Marsh '28 of Pitlsfield, John F. Quinn '28 
of New Bedford, Harmon F. Nelson '31 of 
Whilins\ille, and Don C. Tiffany '30 of Cam- 
bridge, drew round upon round of applause. 

The Girls' (ilee Club has given concerts this 
season at Leeds, North Amherst, Leverett, 
Williamsburg and Enfield in addition to the 
joint concert given at the College. Mrs. A. B. 
Beaumont, wife of Prof. Beaumont of the 
College staff, has directed the efforts of both 
Clubs during the past two seasons; while this 
year Prof. Miles H. Cubbon has assisted with 
the orchestra. 


The varsity debating team was defeated at 
W'orcester in its first argument of the season on 
February 13 by the strong trio which represents 
Clark University. The Aggie team was com- 
posed of Maxwell H. Goldberg '28 of Stoneham, 
Dennis M. Crowley '29 of Boston, and Roman 
A. Kreienbaum '29 of Bridgewater. 

The balance of the schedule of debates is as 

Feb. 23 — Springfield at Springfield 

Mar. 5 — Vermont at M.A.C. 
10— Maine at M.A.C. 

Apr. 13— Colby at M.A.C. 

The team is under the guidance of Prof. 
Walter E. Prince. 

The Roister Doisters 

Since 1920 the Roister Doisters have presented 
fourteen high class plays, including those by 
Sheridan, Goldsmith, Thomas, Tarkington, 
Milne and Shaw. The April play they have 
usually given three or four times outside of 
Amherst. They have appeared for five consecu- 
tive years under the auspices of Deerfield 
Academy, and have been complimented by re- 
turn engagements in Northfield Seminary, 
Pittsfield, Stamford, Conn., and smaller towns. 
The April play this year is The Youngest, a 
wholesome modern comedy by Philip Barry. It 
will be available for the usual number of out-of- 
town dates, practically at the cost of production, 
The troupe usually return to Amherst the night 
of the performance. Inquiries should be ad- 
dressed to the manager, Robert H. Owers, 
Amherst, Mass. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, Feb. 25, 1928 


'14 "Stan" B. Freeborn now rates the title 
of associate professor of entomology and associ- 
ate entomologist, Calif. Agri. Expt. Sta., at 
Davis, Calif. 

'14 Joseph Major has advised that he is now 
a salesman and engineer for the James Mfg. 
Co., Elmira, N. Y. 

'16 "Sax" D. Clark is now a member of the 
firm of Chapin Brothers, Inc., distributors of 
fruit, produce and southern truck crops, with 
offices at 73-75 Clinton St., Boston, Mass. 

'16 "Al" E. Lindquist is an advertising 
agent for the "Advertising & Selling Fort- 
nightly" with offices at 405 Sweetland Bldg., 
Cleveland, Ohio. 

'16 "Ed" A. Perry, former Aggie football 
star and coach, was among the alumni who 
attended the Union Agricultural Meetings at 
Worcester, Mass., January 4-6. He is engaged 
in sales promotion work for H. P. Hood & Sons, 

w'18 Adams N. McClellan is keeping things 
circulating in Chicago, where he is engaged in 
the storage and moving business at 2905 W. 
Madison Street. 

'19 Verne A. Fogg is married and is raising 

■ a family at 5 Guernsey .St., Norwich, N. Y. He 

is connected with the Co-operative Grange 

League Federation Exchange, Inc., Ithaca, 

N. Y. 

'19 "Bill" L. Kimball reports that he is 
still junior partner of James D. Kimball & Co., 
insurance agents at Orange, Mass. 

'19 "Bill" H. McKee is "putting a good 
brand" of groceries on his table by selling ad- 
vertising space in the Woman's Home Compan- 
ion. His business address is Advertising Dept., 
Crowell Publishing Co., 110 So. Dearborn St., 
Chicago, 111. 

'19 Chester D. Stevens, agricultural statis- 
tician for the Bur. of Agri. Econ., U.S.D.A., is 
now in full charge of the crop reporting service 
for New England, with offices at 261 Franklin 
St., Boston, Mass. 

'20 George M. Campbell, district freight 
representative for the B. & O. railroad at 
Jacksonville, Fla., is seeing to it that the 
"frozen people of the north" are receiving their 
share of vegetables and citrus fruits. 

'20 Dr. E. Erskine Harvey, veterinary sur- 
geon, recently opened an office and a hospital 
for small animals at 50 So. Shelburne St., 
Greenfield, Mass. Dr. Harvey received his 
D.V.M. from Michigan State College, last June. 

'20 Henry E. Lyons, now district toll traffic 
superintendent In the Bronx, N. Y., for the 
N. Y. Telephone Co., reports that all is well 
along the Hudson. "Jim" Maples '20, and 
"Jack" HoUoway '20 are also employed by the 
same company. 

'20 Chester A. Pike is serving his third term 
as representative from Springfield to the General 
Court of Mass. When not attending legislative 
sessions "Chet" sells produce for the Henry J. 
Perkins Co., of Springfield. 

w'20 Arthur E. Center is head of an auto- 
mobile sales organization by that name at 
486-492 Bridge St., Springfield, Mass. 

'21 Herbert L. Geer is temporarily located 
at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis., 
being on leave of absence from his work as 
plant pathologist with the Bur. of Agric. Econ., 

'21 Frederick Howard, former instructor in 
science at the Mansfield High School, has re- 
signed to take up farming as a livelihood on his 
own project near Mansfield. 

'21 Gordon K. Hurd is now filling the 
position recently held by "Ken" Messenger 
w'18, as visitor and agent for the Children's Aid 
Association at 41 Mt. Vernon St., Boston, Mass. 

'21 "Gid" Mackintosh of High Point, N. C, 
has been honored by election to the Southern 
Football Officials Association. He officiated at 
eleven intercollegiate games in the south last fall. 

'21 "Johnny" D. Snow is a member of the 
firm of Hartner-Snow Company, car-lot shippers 

of onions and potatoes, Denver, Colo. His 
company has just completed the erection of a 
seventy-five car onion warehouse. 

'22 "Frankie" A. Gilbert received his Ph.D. 
from Harvard last June and is now in charge of 
the botany division of the department of biology 
at Marshall College, Huntington, W. Va. 

'22 Robert M. Hodgson is a manager for the 
N. E. Tel. & Tel. Co., at North Adams, Mass. 
His address is 14 Montana St., North Adams. 

'22 Herbert A. MacArdle, who is connected 
with the sales department of the Graton & 
Knight Co., Inc., of Worcester, Mass., is now 
located in New York City. His home address 
is 3.3 Warren St., New York, N. Y. 

'22 Francis S. Tucker, who is engaged in 
missionary work in South Africa, is now located 
at Johannesburg where he is studying the native 
language of the Inhambane District, where he is 
soon to be stationed. 

'23 Gardner H. Brewer reports that he is 
plant manager of the Home Dairy, Palo Alto, 

'23 Philip Gold gives his occupation as that 
of teacher and student. He expects to complete 
his work by June, 1928, for an M.A. degree at 
the Teachers' College, Columbia Univ. 

'23 "Doc" and "Sam" Gordon, former stars 
on Aggie's hockey teams, are playing under the 
colors of the Ipswich Hockey Club at the 
Boston Arena this winter. "Doc's" football 
team at Walpole High won five and tied two 
games out of nine on the gridiron last fall. 

'24 Luther L. Hayden has a position as 
assistant farm foreman. State Farm, Mass. 

'24 Edward A. Kane, who is connected with 
the District Health Service, Washington, D. C, 
was among those who attended the wedding of 
"Ducky" Kennedy '25 and "Steve" Davis '26, 
at Springfield, Mass., on Jan. 2, 1928. 

'24 "Ken" S. Loring is now connected with 
the sales organization of the Ohio Health 
Aluminum Co., and is located at 1619 West- 
wood Ave., Lakewood, Ohio. 

'24 Kenneth W. .Sims has a responsible 
position as head dairyman at the Windmere 
Farms, Newmarket, N. J., where there are 
ninety head of record breaking Guernseys. 

'24 Richard B. Smith, agricultural statis- 
tician for the Federal Reserve Bank of San 
Francisco, is at present working on a study of 
the canning industry of the Pacific coast. 

'25 Leo F. Duffy signs his name as head 
of the science department and coach of athletics 
at Arms Academy, Shelburne Falls, Mass. 

'25 W. Chamberlin Frost is exercising his 
skill as a landscape architect with the Kansas 
Evergreen Nurseries, which company has head- 
quarters in Topeka, Kan., and branches in 
several other large western cities. 

'25 Gilbert J. Haeussler whose marriage was 
recently announced, is now an entomologist 
with the U.S.D.A., at Moorestown, N. J. He 
makes his home at 804 Columbia Ave., Palmyra, 

'25 "Lewie" H. Keith has "left the sunkissed 
shores of Miami" according to word received by 
one of his campus friends, and is now engaged 
in greenhouse work in his home town. His 
address is 180 Main St., Bridgewater, Mass. 

'25, '26 & '27 Five Aggie alumni, including 
"Pat" Holbrook '25, Roy Norcross '26, "Rog" 
Chamberlain, "Cliff" Robinson and "Em" 
Greenaway of '27, gathered at "Em's" home 
in Springfield, Mass., recently for a small, but 
enjoyable reunion. 

~'26 Francis J. Cormier, who is completing 
his work this spring for an M.L.A. degree at 
the Harvard School of Landscape Architecture, 
reports the following Aggie alumni also regis- 
tered at the school: "Chet" Nichols '26, "Rav" 
Otto '26, George Yarwood '26, "Red" Baker 
'26, and Veasey Pierce '27. 

'26 "Ted" J. Grant writes an interesting 
story from Corocito Junction, Puerto Castilla, 
Hondura, A. C, concerning his work in con- 
nection with the study of the "Panama Disease" 
a banana wilt. "Ted" is employed by the 

Truxillo R. R. Co., a subsidary of the United 
Fruit Company. . 

'26 "Larry" Jones and "Al" Gustafson, now 
students at Harvard Schools of Business Ad- 
ministration and Botany, are reported to be 
living up to the Phi Kappa Phi averages they 
made at Aggie. 

'26 George H. Thurlow, former Aggie foot- 
ball star, is located for a time at New Port 
Richey, Fla., where he is engaged in the nursery 
and florist business. 

w'26 "Don" F. Fish, who is a superintendent 
of parks at Greensboro, N. C, was a recent 
visitor on the campus and at his home in Amherst 

'26 "Al" Gustafson is continuing his studies 
in botany for an advance degree at Harvard, 
was a recent campus visitor. 

'26 "Larry" Jones has entered his second 
year of graduate work at the Harvard Graduate 
School of Business Administration. He was on 
the campus recently. 

'26 Herbert E. Moberg, last year physical 
director and coach at Wilbraham Academy, now 
has a similar position at Norwich Free Academy, 
Norwich, Conn. 

'26 "Ham" Richardson has reinforced the 
group of M.A.C. alumni now employed at the 
U. S. Gypsy Moth Laboratory, Melrose High- 
lands, Mass. His brother, Evan, was on the 
Aggie football squad this season. 

'26 "Red" Sullivan, a frequent campus visi- 
tor is teaching at Deerfield Academy. Last 
summer he had charge of the Deerfield Academy 
summer school. 

'26 John Tulenko is athletic director and 
head coach at New Salem Academy, New Salem, 

'27 "Gerry" Amstein is working for an ad- 
vanced degree in horticulture at Kansas A. C, 
Manhattan, Kansas. 

'27 Edward A. Connell recently addressed 
the pupils of the West Roxbury High School on 
the subject "Golf Course Design and Construc- 

'27 Clarence A. Crooks and "Vin" Henne- 
berry registered in the M.A.C. Graduate School 
at the beginning of the winter term for further 
study in entomology. 

'27 Ralph N. Hart is principal of a school in 
Hazardville, Conn., and as a sideline is somewhat 
of a poultry fancier. 

'27 Thomas J. Kane suffered the amputation 
of his left arm recently as a result of an injury 
sustained in a fall from a tree while engaged in 
pruning work near his home in Westfield, Mass. 

'27 Roy E. Norcross is following in the foot- 
steps of his older brothers and is at present an 
assistant county agent in the environs of New 
Haven, Conn. 

'27 Everett J. Pyle, who until recently has 
been engaged in golf course construction in 
New York, is now located in Miami, Fla., on 
similar work. 

'27 "Cliff" Robinson is reported to be ad- 
vancing rapidlj' with the A. & P. Co. in Spring- 
field, Mass. He finds that the "aggie ec" 
courses, especially in advertising, have been of 
great assistance to him. 

'27 "Don" C. Savage, past performer with 
Aggie glee club troupes, is now" located at the 
Limoneira Rancho, Santa Paulo, Calif., where 
he is engaged in the lemon industry. 

FG Allison M. Woodman is carrying on his 
work in landscape architecture at 588 Santa 
Clara Ave., Berkley, Calif. 

G Irving C. Root, who received his M.L.A. 
at Aggie in 19 IS has opened an office for the 
practice of landscape architecture in Washing- 
ton, D. C. 

G & FG Edward A. Chapin and Andrew N. 
Caudell are employed as entomologists, Div. of 
Insects, U. S. National Museum, Washington, 
D. C. 

FG Mason Olcott, who is an educational 
missionary stationed at Vellose, North Arcot, 
India, writes that he is in charge of the super- 
vision of over two~ hundred mission schools in 
his district. Mr. Olcott received his Ph.D. 
degree from Columbia University. 



Vol. IX. 

Return Postage 

Amherst, Massachusetts, March 26, 1928 '^"'^fs^'on.TciasTmaner'''''- No. 8 



Elbridge L. Howe, a former student at iNI.A.C. 
in the class of 1892, has been called back to his 
native New England from the Middle West to 
oversee the work of organizing the New England 
Department Stores, Inc., the latest and biggest 
project now underway in the city of Boston. 

Mr. Howe was born fifty-six years ago and 
prior to coming to Aggie he resided in New- 
Haven, Conn. He entered M.A.C. with the 
class of '92 but remained for only a short time. 
The story of his life during the next thirt>' 
years is one of outstanding merit, a tribute to 
his ability and is a worthy example to others. 
Began as a Cash Boy 

Beginning as a cash boy and a salesman in 
one of the smallest stores in the country, Mr. 
Howe gradually worked his way upward from 
post to post, becoming an advertising writer 
and buyer for practically all lines of merchan- 
dise, uritil he was chosen sales manager, then 
executive manager and finally merchandise 
manager of the Marshall Field & Company de- 
partment store in Chicago. Today he is recog- 
nized as one of the best known retail store 
executives in the country and the present-day 
representative of four generations of New- 
England merchants. He grasped the oppor- 
tunity when it was his to thoroughly learn the 
retail store business from its foundation on up 
through its maize of intricate problems. 

His selection as organizing executive for the 
New England Department Stores, Inc., is not 
questioned when it is known that he will be 
responsible for the proper handling and display 
of huge stock of merchandise of every descrip- 
tion on the ten acres of floor space involved in 
the area of the proposed structure. There are 
few men who could accomplish the task. 
Served Under Hoover During War 

In addition to serving the public under the 
Marshall Field & Company store, Mr. How-e has 
performed valuable services as chief of the 
National Dry Goods Association, and during 
the World War as organizer of the Retail 
Stores Division in the Food Administration 
under Secretary Herbert Hoover's regime. 

In placing its project before the public the 
sponsors for the New England Department 
Stores, Inc., point out with pride that the 
organizing executive, Mr. Howe, indicates the 
character of the proposed institution. 

Prof. Hick's Confers with Okeson 

Prof. Curry S. Hicks, head of the department 
of physical education, has recently been elected 
president of the Association of N. E. Colleges 
for Conference on Officials, and in that capacity 
went to Pennsylvania early in March to confer 
with Walter Okeson, newly appointed com- 
missioner of eastern football officials. A plan 
was presented for satisfactory handling of the 
appointment of officials for football games in 
New England, and Prof. Hicks has accomplished 
a most commendable piece of work. 

Eight of the small New England colleges have 
already joined the conference, of which Dr. 
Paul Phillips of Amherst College is the secretary- 
treasurer. The colleges now members of the 
newly formed association are: Williams, Wes- 
leyan, Amherst, M.A.C, Springfield, Conn. 
Agri. College, Trinity and Worcester P. I. 



Welcome to Pres. R.W. Thatcher 

Saturday, March 31 , at 6 :00 p.m. 

At Boston Chamber of Commerce 

14th Floor, Federal St., Cor. Franklin 

Near South Station and North Station 

Plenty of room to park autos 

What you get. A complete lOOfJ 
.Aggie bang-up good time from start to 
finish, with the eats based on Aggie 
standards of quality and economy. 

Cost. S2.00 including club dues for 
1928 and eats. No other charges. No 
solicitaliou of funds. 

Open to. .Ml graduates, post gradu- 
ates, former students, 2-year and special 
students. Men and w-omen w-elcome and 
expected. .Aggie FItchburgers, Worcestcr- 
ites, Rhode Islanders, and all others w-ho 
can get there. 

0-7 p. m. Informal reception to Presi- 
dent Thatcher. 
7 p. ni. Dinner. 

S p. m. Bang! You're going to hear 
something about the New Physi- 
cal Education Building that will 
stir up your RED BLOOD. 
Come and hear the College Songs 
played on the finest organ in this part of 
the country — to say nothing of the 
College Quartet and Yes! Maybe, Roy 
Patch, the singing candidate for Mayor 
of Beverly. 

Watch Boston papers for publicity. 
Reservations must be in the hands of 
the committee by March 28 in order to 
guarantee a seat. Can you picture a 
Boston Reunion with 1000 there? Can 
we do it? Yes! Then come! 

Whether or not jou have received the 
special announcement mailed you, send in 
at once vour check or money order for 
S2.00 payable to E. C. Edwards, 803 
Summer Street, Boston, Mass., stating 
your name, address, and class or year. 
Clinch your reservation! 

The Committee, 

"Dutch" Schlotterbeck '16 

Henry Walker '16 
" Ned" Edwards '14 


Saturday, May 5 

High School Day is set apart to give to the 
boys and girls of high schools throughout the 
State an opportunity to learn more about M..A.C. 

The pupils in your town cannot afford to miss 
this event. Alumni and friends of the College 
are urged to assist their younger friends in their 
towns to attend. 

For announcements write to the field secre- 
tary, M.A.C. 



Spiking cannon in the days of Napoleon, the 
American Revolution or even the Civil War 
might have been more or less frequent although 
hazardous adventures, but who would have 
thought that such an event could happen in 
the peaceful (?) old college town of Amherst 
on a certain July night in '73!* 

.A few- alumni will perhaps remember the 
event as it is gleaned by a grad of '74 from his 
diligently kept diary of the happenings during 
the early days of Aggie history. How few of 
us keep diaries now to recall to mind the stirring 
deeds of youth, but rather depend upon uncertain 

But let the story be told: 

From the Diary of an Alumnus 

"Sometime ago in the Alumni Bulletin one of 
the editors asked if anyone of the readers could 
give an account of the stealing of one of our 
cannon by the Amherst students the night of 
Juh- 2, 1873. .As I kept a diary during all my 
College course 1 made a note of the incident, 
and the following account is taken from this 

"\'ictor Mildeberger of my class was told 
July 3, by an Amherst student and friend named 
Lloyd, that some of the Amherst sophomores 
had come during the night of the 2nd to our 
campus, had taken one of our cannon apart, 
carried the entire outfit to the other end of the 
town, and had hidden the several parts in their 
rooms; and further, that these students were 
going to put it together and fire salutes on the 
night of July 4th. 

Gillett's Quick Wit 

"My classmates, having been informed by 
Mildeberger of these direful plans, determined 
that they would spoil the fun. So, on the night 
of the 4th they hid among the cedars on the 
Amherst campus until the Amherst students 
brought out and put together the cannon. 
During this operation one of them happening 
to see Gillett of my class dodging among the 
trees and mistaking him for one of their stu- 
dents, called to him, 'Look out fellows, the 
Aggies are about,' to which Gillett quick- 
wittedly replied, 'All right, we will.' 

Alexander Spikes the Cannon 

"Just as they were getting ready to fire the 
cannon, having a box filled with powder and a 
large bonfire nearby, Edward P. Alexander of 
my class dashed out from among the trees with 
a 'hammer and a rat-tail file, reached the gun 
before the unsuspecting Amherst students could 
stop him, drove the file into the vent of the gun, 
then broke it ofif, spiking the cannon. This 
made the Amherst men so angry that they 
pushed the cannon into the bonfire and burned 
all the woodwork. 

"Thus, having accomplished their objective, 
the members of '74 returned in triumph to the 
Aggie campus, while the Amherst students 
were later required to make amends for the 
damage to the burned cannon." 

Harrie M- teller '74 

*The College year did not close in those early 
days until the middle of July. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, March 26, 1928 


Published monthly at Amherst. Mass. (except July and August) by the Associate Alumni of M.A.C. 
Member el The Alnmni Magazinet Associated 

Subscription Price 

$1.00 per year 

Included in the S3. 00 dues of 

members of the Associate 


Entered as second class matter, March 17 
1920. at the Poatoffice at Amherst, Mass. 
under the Acts of March 3, 1879. 


Linus H. Jones '16, Chairman 


Roland H. Verbeck '08 
William L. Doran '15 
Marshall O. Lanphear '18 
Earle S. Carpenter '24 
Miss Mary Foley '24 
Elmer E. Barber '26 
Calton O. Cartwright '27 
Philip F. Whitmore '15, ei officio 
William I. Goodwin '18. ex officio 

Address all communications to The Alumni Office, M. A. C, Amherst, Mass. 



Edwin H. Dickinson '88 

Edwin Harris Dickinson '88 one of the 
most prominent men of Amherst, successful 
farmer and town selectman, died suddenly on 
February 17, 1928 of angina pectoris at his 
home in North Amherst. Mr. Dickinson had 
been in good health up to the date of his death 
which came as a great shock to those who knew 

him. , • , u 

A native of North Amherst, having been born 
there on March 22, 1868, Mr. Dickinson attended 
the public schools in Amherst and entered 
M.A.C. in the fall of 1884. After graduation he 
returned to the home farm in North Amherst 
where he 'spent his whole life which was one 
filled with unselfishness, devotion and integrity 
toward his fellow men. 

Mr. Dickinson was a member and deacon ot 
the North Congregational Church of North 
Amherst. He was very active in town politics, 
serving at the time of his death, his second term 
as a town selectman. 

In 1892 he married Miss Nellie Cowls, sister 
of the late Walter D. Cowls w'72. In addition 
to his widow, two sons. Professor William C, 
M.A.C. '16 and Edwin H. Jr., two sisters and a 
brother, survive him. 

William F. Howe 

William F. Howe, assistant state leader of 
county club agents in the extension service at 
the Massachusetts Agricultural College, died at 
his home in North Amherst, February 3, 1928, 
of angina pectoris. Mr. Howe had been con- 
fined to bed since last November when he was 
taken ill with tonsilitis. , ., o, 

He was born in Nashua, N. H., April 24, 
1873, was a graduate of North Adams Normal 
School, and took special courses in the Harvard 
Summer School. He taught in Nashua, N. H., 
from 1893 to 1896 and from 1900 until he came 
to M A.C. in 1918 he was a teacher in Dedham. 
He w-as a member of North Congregational 
Church of North Amherst and very active in 

church affairs. . , , , • -r t l n 

Mr. Howe is survived by his wife, Jenabelle 
Dennett, and three children, Dennett, a sopho- 
more in Amherst College, and Sally and John, 
students in Amherst High School. 

His work in the junior extension service 
brought him constantly in touch with boys and 
girls. A testimonial to the high esteem m w-hich 
he was held by the children is found in the 
letters of inquiry as to his condition that have 
been pouring in since he first became ill, from 
young folks all over the State and from many 

'26 Royal "Red" W. Potter has resigned his 
position with the Fisk Seed Co. of Boston, for 
one of travel with the W. T. Grant Co. His 
temporary address is c/o W. T. Grant Co., 
95 Lisbon St., Lewiston, Maine, and home 
address 501 Park Ave., Providence, R. I. 

'27 "Al" Spelman has a position as assistant 
chemist with the Lowell Fertilizer Co., South 
Lowell, Mass. 


Meeting of Executive Committee 

The executive committee of the Associate 
Alumni, Philip F. Whitmore '15, presiding, met 
at the College on February 22, and conducted 
the following business: 

1. Accepted the report of the meeting of the 
special committee on the Physical Education 
Building Project. 

2. Accepted the recommendations of the 
special committee on the nomination of mem- 
bers for the Alumni-Trustee Campaign Com- 
mittee of the Physical Education Building 
Project and voted that the first meeting of the 
Committee be held in Boston, February 29, 

3. Voted to leave the formation of sub- 
committees for this project to the executive 
committee of the campaign committee. 

4. Discussed the various steps needed in 
connection with the plans for the coming cam- 
paign. _ 

5. Discussed the preparation ot a new 
history of the College. 

Arthur J. Burnham '12 

Arthur J. Burnham, M.A.C. '12, passed away 
on January 28, 1928 at the Holyoke Hospital, 
Holyoke, Mass., at the age of 39. He had been 
in ill health for several years following a severe 
attack of typhoid pneumonia. 

Born in Holyoke, November 11, 1888, Mr. 
Burnham spent the greater part of his life 
there and had endeared himself to a large circle 
of friends in that city. He attended the public 
schools in Holyoke in preparation for his en- 
trance to M.A.C. At Aggie his main interest 
was centered in horticultural work, qualifying 
himself as a state inspector of nursery stock at 

Later, when the World War caused a cessation 
of nursery stock, Mr. Burnham became an 
agent for the Texaco Oil Company with head- 
quarters at Harwich, Mass. He continued in 
this work until illness forced him to return to 
Holyoke, where, upon partial recovery of his 
health, he was employed by his father and uncle 
in the grain business. 

Mr. "Burnham was a member of the Alpha 
Sigma Phi fraternity and belonged to the 
Harw-ich Lodge of Masons. Besides his parents 
he leaves a sister, who married George R. Cobb, 
M.A.C. '08. 


'19 A daughter, Barbara Somerly, to Mr. 
and Mrs. Oliver W. Wood, March 2, at Water- 
town, Mass. 

'24 Will A. Whitney is keeping the Aggie 
spirit moving among alumni in the capitol city 
as secretary-treasurer of the M.A.C. Club of 
Washington, D. C. 

'25 Sumner O. Burhoe, instructor of zoology, 
University of Maryland, recently underwent a 
successful operation for appendicitis. 


Members of the class of 1907 present at this 
year's commencement will hold an informal 
reunion. The secretary hopes that a consider- 
able number will return in view of the fact that 
'08, '09, and '10 will also "re-une" this year. 
A fine chance to meet old friends of student 
days. Clinton King '07, Secretary. 

The second luncheon of the Massachusetts 
Agricultural College Club of Washington, D.C., 
was held on March 9, at the Harrington Hotel, 
Washington. Following an excellent dinner, 
James T. Nicholson '16, of the American 
National Red Cross, spoke on the Mississippi 
and Vermont floods and the part the Red Cross 
had to play in the relief of those affected in 
both places. Mr. Nicholson vividly described 
the differences in both floods and the differences 
in the attitude of the people of the two areas. 
He paid high tribute to the students of Dart- 
mouth, Middlebury, and the University of 
Vermont for the altruistic and enthusiastic 
manner in which they assisted in the relief work 
in Vermont. Ten members and friends of the 
Club were in attendance. 

Employment News 

The employment bureau reports that it has 
had a few opportunities to be of service to Aggie 
alumni. Two graduates have applied for posi- 
tions during the past month and have been 
given leads which are now being followed up. 
One alumnus has sent in for a farm manager 
and is now considering several graduates who 
have been recommended to him. 

Anyone interested in leasing or renting a farm; 
running a farm on commission, shares, or 
partnership, etc., should communicate with 
this ofBce at once. There are several such 
openings now available. Address communi- 
cation regarding employment in agricultural or 
horticultural work to Emory E. Grayson, 
M.A.C, Amherst, Mass. 

Additional employment opportunities for 
college graduates have come to the attention 
of the editor from Mr. Stanley C. Lary, director 
of the department of education and vocation, 
LIniversity Club, 40 Trinity Place, Boston, 
Mass. Mr. Lary would be glad to assist Aggie 
men who are seeking positions. 

Reorganizing the Curriculum 

One of the first results of liberalizing the 
curriculum at this College was felt recently 
when Prof. Alexander A. Mackimmie w-as 
appointed to serve as chairman of the new 
social science group and a member of the 
course of study committee. This action is the 
result of a recent move of the committee on 
course of study to form a major group in the 
social sciences which will include all the lan- 
guages and history and social economics courses 
now given at the college. 

Tlie Hasbrouck Portrait 

Have You Subscribed? 

The Hasbrouck Portrait Fund, on 
deposit in the Amherst Savings Bank, has 
now reached a total of $689.57. This 
amount, however, is not sufficient to 
obtain the type of portrait desired. 
Since there are many alumni and former 
students, friends of "Billy", who have 
not as yet contributed to the fund, 
request is being made for additional 
gifts, no matter how large or small. 
$1500.00 is the goal. 

The committee would like to report at 
the annual meeting in June that arrange- 
ments have been made for the painting 
of the portrait. If you have not already 
made your contribution, please send it 
to the Alumni Office, M.A.C, payable to 
the undersigned. 

Clark L. Thayer, Treasurer. 

The Massachusetts Agricultxiral College, Alumni Bulletin, March 26, 1928 



The 1928 edition of the .M.A.C. basketball 
team rose to heights in several games during the 
season and in other games gave only mediocre 
exhibitions. Seven games were won and a like 
number lost. The scores of the last three games 
are as follows: St. Stephens 19, M.A.C. 18; 
New Hampshire 23, M.A.C. 17; Tufts 30, 
M.A.C. 25. Captain Reed was high scorer and 
was also honored by being awarded the George 
Henry Richards Memorial Cup for the greatest 
ijnprovement on the basketball court during the 
season. Four regular players will be lost by 
graduation, namely, Captain Reed, forward; 
Howard Thomas, veteran center; and Murdough 
and McEwen dependable guards. Captain-elect 
EUert, now in his sophomore year, is the only 
letter man who will be available next season. 

The election to the captaincy of the 1929 
team of EUert, former Holyoke High basketball 
star and leader of the Aggie freshman quintet 
during the 1927 season, is indeed a tribute to 
his ability. There have been but three other 
men in the history of Aggie athletics, who have 
been accorded this honor during their sopho- 
more years. These men are "Eddie" Burke '10, 
"Art" McCarthy '19, and "Hank" Gowdy '22. 

The followipg members of this year's quintet 
were awarded varsity letters: Captain Roland 
E. Reed '28 of Greenfield, Howard Thomas '28 
of Holyoke, Leslie I. McEwen '28 of Winchester, 
E. Lincoln Murdough '28 of Springfield, Fred 
C. Ellert '30 of Holyoke, and Manager Horace 
T. Brockway, Jr. '28 of South Hadley. 

Winter Track 

The varsity winter track team closed the 
season with the Armory Meet at Springfield on 
February 25th. Stanley Hall won the 880-yard 
dash, thereby obtaining a handsome cup and 
Newell A. Schappelle finished second in the 
mile. The relay team finished third in a tri- 
angular meet with Springfield and Worcester 
P. L Donald A. Davis was elected captain of 
next year's team. Letters were awarded to the 
following men: Newell A. Schappelle '28 of 
Hamburg, Pa., Stanley Hall '28 of Lynn, 
Donald Davis '29 of Bedford, and Harold M. 
Robertson '30 of Leyden. 


The varsity hockey season proved a bare one 
for Aggie from the standpoint of victories. Only 
six of the eleven contests scheduled were played 
due to the lack of playing surface caused by the 
unusually mild winter. Eight pucksters were 
awarded letters this year. They are: Capt. 
Joseph H. Forest '28 of Arlington, Eldred K. 
Patch '30 of Stoneham, Paul F. Frese '28 of 
Waltham, Howard J. Abrahamson '28 of Wal- 
tham, Robley W. Nash '29 of Abington, Paul 
T. Phinney '30 of Hude Park, Albert C. Cook 
'28 of Waverley, John W. Devine '29 of Arling- 
ton, and Manager James H. Cunningham '28 
of Quincy. 


The varsity baseball squad has been limbering 
up in the Amherst College cage as well as on 
the Drill Hall floor. Practice began in earnest 
March 21, when all candidates reported. Five 
letter men are available as a team nucleus this 
year: Captain Moriarty ss, "Bob" Bowie p, 
Thompson and Johnson, out-fielders, and 
Nitkiewicz 3b. Among the battery candidates 
are "Zeke" Zielinski '29, "Ad" Hall '30, and 
"Bob" Labarge '30, who will aid materially in 
developing a strong hurling staff. "Spike" 
Malley '28, "Chub" Patch '.30, and "Pete" 
Waechter '30 are trying for the receiver's position . 
Other candidates include "Freddie" Ellert '30, 
infielder, and Ralph Kneeland '30, outfielder. 


S. Church Hubbard, of the department of 
floriculture, will become assistant professor of 
floriculture, effective April 1, to take the place 
of Prof. Richard T. Muller, who recently re- 
signed to become assistant manager of the 
Alontgomery Rose Company at Hadley, Mass. 

Dr. John S. Boyce, formerly head of the 
Portland, Oregon, office of the forest pathology 
division of the Bureau of Plant Industry, has 
taken up his duties as director of the North- 
eastern Forest E.\periment Station, which is 
located at ^LA.C. 



One of the outstanding events of the college 
year will be held in Amherst on April 7, when 
some 15 colleges in and about New England 
will hold a model League of Nations at Amherst 
College. The affair is being held under the 
auspices of the Cosmopolitan Clubs of .Amherst, 
Springfield, Mt. Holyoke, Smith and M.A.C. 
Among men of prominence who will address 
the "league" will he Sir Herbert .Ames of Eng- 

Students who are taking courses in French 
presented on February 2.5, an .American version 
of "Le Bourgeois Gentilhonime," the translation 
being one made by Prof. D. T. Dunbar of the 
French department. 

After numerous futile attempts, due to un- 
satisfactory weather conditions, a winter carni- 
val was finally held at Aggie on Washington's 
Birthday. This was the first time in thirteen 
years that Aggie has had such an event. The 
program was sponsored by the M..-\.C. Outing 
Club and the College Senate, and will probably 
become an annual affair. 

Connecticut X'alley Farmers' Day, an annual 
event al the College was attended by about two 
hundred farmers of the valley. Discussions 
relating to agricultural problems of the valley 
and judging contests for the visitors made the 
program well worth while. 

The annual junior prom at Aggie will take 
place this year, April 19-21. The prom show, 
"The Youngest", will be presented on the 19th, 
the prom will take place during the evening, 
followed the ne.xt day by fraternity house 
parties, and on the 21st by the M.A.C.-Amherst 
baseball game. Prelims are available from 
Arnold W. Over '29, Theta Chi House, M.A.C. 

The Musical Clubs 

With a second series of concerts, three on 
three successi\e nights, and two other conceits 
added later, the men's musical clubs wound up 
the season in a lively fashion. Concerts in 
Greenfield, and Wilbraham on February 16 and 
IS, respectively, and the campus concert on the 
17th. a joint affair with the girls' club and Roy 
K. Patch w'13 as soloist, kept the songsters 
busy. On March 2 a concert was given in 
Brimfield, while the final concert of the season 
was presented March 9 at Stamford, Conn. 
The girls' glee club completed its season at 
Pelham on February 24. 


Since the last number of the Bulletin, the 
debating team has appeared twice on the same 
subject — the question of "armed intervention 
by United States for the protection of American 
investments in foreign countries." Opposing 
Clark LIniversity at Worcester, the team lost 
on February 13. On Washington's Birthday, it 
won a unanimous decision over Springfield 
College. \ ermont was opposed on a no-decision 
plan, March 5, and a most interesting debate 
was held. On the 10th, debating against Maine, 
M.A.C. won the decision. The final debate of 
the season will be with Colby at M.A.C. on 
April 13. 

The Roister Doisters 

Rehearsals arc a regular performance for 
members of the cast of the junior prom show, 
and the play, The Youngesl, is nearly ready for 
presentation. It will be given at the College on 
the 19th, opening prom week. Several off- 
campus engagements are tentatively planned. 

Spring Track 

Several letter men are available for the spring 
track season: Captain Schappelle, holder of the 

The plans for annual soph-senior hop, which 
conies on June 11, at commencement time, are 
well underway. The sophomore class recently 
elected its representatives to serve with Alex- 
ander C. Hodson of Reading and John A. 
Kimball of Littleton, the senior members of 
the committee. 

A new course is now being ofl'ered by the 
College in the history and interpretation of 
music, a revision of Prof. Ashley's course which 
many alumni will recall. The course is being 
run in collaboration with the course at Smith 
College, and Aggie students enrolled are attend- 
ing the well-known Smith College musical series. 

one-half, one and two mile College records 
which he broke last spring; Kay, Hall, Elliot, 
Clements, Coukos, Webber and Lane. Among 
the other candidates are Davis, captain-elect of 
the relay team; Homeyer and Robertson, mem- 
bers of last year's cross-country team; and 
Hernan and White members of last year's 
freshman team. 

A number of former Aggie basketball stars 
attended the Springfield game: John Temple 
"26, Ray Smiley '26, "Eddie" Bike '24, "Ray" 
Griffin '27, and "Em" Grayson '17. 

S. Deerfield High Wins 

If the interest and enthusiasm shown at the 
first AI.A.C. invitation basketball tournament 
held at ^LA.C, March 8, 9 and 10, is any 
indication of the future, this event will be a 
permanent annual affair. The following is a 
list of the schools which were represented by 
teams in the competition: Easthampton, 
Palmer, Turners Falls, Chester, and South 
Deerfield high schools; and Hopkins, Smith 
and Arms academies. These teams drew large 
crowds of spectators each evening. The final 
game between South Deerfield and Arms 
Academy was very e.xciting and the rivalry 
between the two coaches, Leo Duffy and Ronald 
Jack both JM.A.C. '25, gave added zest to the 
game. The South Deerfield team coached by 
Jack, emerged victorious by a score of 14 to 11. 
Following the final contest President Thatcher 
presented the South Deerfield team with a 
large trophy plaque and individual charms to 
the members, managers and coaches of the two 
leading teams. "Larry" Briggs '27 served as 
tournament manager, and the success of the 
event speaks well for his efforts. 

Eldred Memorial Prizes 

Two prizes are established in honor of Fred- 
erick Cornelius Eldred of the class of 1873, 
famous oarsman and pioneer in athletics at 
M.A.C, who trained, coached and stroked 
crews in four intercollegiate races — two to 

The first prize of one hundred dollars may be 
awarded at commencement to that member of 
the senior class who has represented the College 
in intercollegiate athletic contests for a period 
of not less than two years, and who has attained 
the highest average standing in scholarship 
during his course. 

The second prize of fifty dollars may be 
awarded to a member of the junior class who 
has fulfilled the same conditions. 

For the Trustees, 

Edw. B. Holland, Clerk 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, March 26, 1928 


w'82 Daniel VVillard, president of the Balti- 
more and Ohio Railroad, recently addressed the 
Illinois Chamber of Commerce on the subject of 
railroad financing. A complete account of his 
talk appears in the March number of the monthly 
publication of the National City Bank of New 

'88 Fred S. Cooley, who recently suffered 
severely in an accident in which he was pinned 
beneath a felled tree on his North Amherst 
farm, is now well on the road to recovery and 
is looking forward to the fortieth reunion of his 
class in June. 

'95 f-ierbert D. Hemenway is helping to 
show the townspeople of Massachusetts how to 
produce clean towns by means of the Hemenway 
Lectures. He is still in charge of buildings and 
grounds at the U. S. Veterans' Hospital, Rut- 
land, Mass. 

'96 Asa S. Kinney, who is largely respon- 
sible for the beauty of the Mt. Holyoke College 
campus, celebrated recently with his wife, Jean 
Tucker Kinney, his thirtieth year at Mt. 
Holyoke and the twenty-fifth anniversary of 
their marriage. Mr. Kinney has a son, Asa 
Foster, who is a junior at M.A.C. A daughter, 
Elizabeth, was graduated from Mt. Holyoke in 

'00 F. Howard Brown, of Marlboro, Mass., 
was recently re-elected president of the Marl- 
boro Veterans' Council, which includes chapters 
of the G.A.R., U.S.W.V., V.F.W., and Ameri- 
can Legion. 

'05 Edwin G. Newhall, who is connected 
with the Newhall Land and Farming Co., of 
San Francisco, Cal., saw, in the recent Cali- 
fornia flood disaster in the San Francisquito 
canyon, devastation invade two towns, Saugus 
and Newhall, which his father and uncle had 
named nearly fifty years ago. These towns 
were named, one after the town of Saugus, 
Mass., and the other after the family name, 
Newhall, in honor of the Newhall native eastern 
city and the family, respectively. 

'07 Arthur W. Higgins, having disposed of 
his business at South Deerfield, has founded the 
Higgins Fertilizer Company of Presque Isle, 
Maine, producing the "Higgins Formula" 
fertilizers. His family still reside at South 
Deerfield, Mass. 

'11 Park W. Allen is engaged in a multi- 
plicity of enterprises, being vice-president of 
the Loyal Protective Insurance Co., and of 
Seybolt and Seybolt, Inc., Investments, as well 
as being owner of the Franklin Automobile 
Agency in Springfield, Mass. 

'12 Harry A. Noyes is a research chemist in 
the New Rochelle Research Laboratories, New 
Rochelle, N. Y. 

'12 & '04 William E. Philbrick is vice-presi- 
dent of the Ohio-Michigan chapter of the 
American Society of Landscape Architects; 
John W. Gregg '04 is secretary of the Pacific 
Coast chapter of the same society. 

'13 Dean F. Baker, who majored in land- 
scape gardening, is now using his training as a 
refrigeration engineer with the Brunswick- 
Kroeschell Company of New York with head- 
quarters at 3818 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, 
N. Y. 

'13 Coach Harold "Kid" Gore has been 
named by President Wachter of the New 
England Association of College Basketball 
coaches as a member of the committee to draw 
up a constitution for the new association. 

'13 Fred D. Griggs, coming political leader 
in Massachusetts, was recently elected secretary 
of the Republican Club of Massachusetts. 

'14 Burton C. Whidden has left the Jersey 
City office of the Goodyear Truck Tire Service 
and is now connected with the Paterson, N. J., 
office of the same firm as a salesman. 

'15 Dan J. Lewis is a thriving salesman for 
the Forsyth Furniture Lines, Inc., with head- 
quarters in Winston-Salem, N. C. He still 
retains his old home in Hanson, Mass. 





1928 Baseball 

14 — B. U. at Boston (pending) 

17— M.I.T. at M.A.C. 

21 — Amherst at Amherst 

24— Maine at M.A.C. 

28 — Wesleyan at Middletown, Ct. 

3— Springfield at M.A.C. 

5 — Worcester P. I. at M.A.C. 
(High School Day) 

8 — Clark at Worcester 
14 — New Hampshire at Durham 
19— Tufts at M.A.C. 
22 — Williams at Williamstown 
25 — Middlebury at Middlebury, \'t. 
26 — Vermont at Burlington, Vt. 
30 — Union at Schenectady, N. Y. 

1 — Bates at Lewiston, Me. 

9— Amherst at M.A.C. 

1928 Track 

Apr. 21— Worcester at M.A.C. 

28 — Wesleyan at Middletown, Ct. 
May 5 — Trinity at Hartford, Ct. 

12 — Easterns at Worcester 
18-19 — New England Intercollegiate 

26— Tufts at M.A.C. 

'15 Professor William R. Sears, of the 
Cambridge School of Domestic and Landscape 
Architecture, will spend the summer in England, 
where, from June 9 to September 1, he will be 
in charge of instruction in landscape architec- 
ture at a summer school held at Oxford Uni- 

'16 Edward E. H. Boyer is a pathologist in 
Charleston, W. Va. 

'16 Justin S. Hemenway, science instructor 
at the Allen Military Academy, Byron, Texas, 
advises that he will return to M.A.C. the com- 
ing summer to continue his graduate studies 
begun last year. 

'17 Ralph C. Blake is following an agri- 
cultural pursuit as a breeder of Jersey cattle in 
Gainesville, Florida. 

'17 Captain Everett L. Upson, infantry, 
D.O.L. executive officer at Springfield, Mass., 
for the 419th Infantry, following a brief tour 
of duty with his regiment, will leave during the 
summer, for Fort Benning, Ga., where he will 
become a student in the infantry school. 

'18 Paul B. Wooding has gone in for dirt 
farming at Jobstown, N. J. 

'20 & '23 George M. Campbell tella of his 
delight in meeting "Jimmie" A. Beal in Savan- 
nah, Ga., recently. He states that "Jimmie" is 
an entomologist with the U.S.D.A., and is 
stationed at the Asheville, N. C, Forestry 
Station in the interest of the control of the pine 
beetle. "Jimmie" has a master's degree from 
the N. Y. State Forestry School at Syracuse, 
and has nearly completed his work for a doctor- 

w'20 Roy R. Brown is employed as pur- 
chasing agent for the H. H. Johnson Co., 221 
State St., Boston. 

w'20 Herman D. Oppe, who is connected 
with the Putnam Trust Co., at Greenwich, 
Conn., recently left for a cruise around the 

w'21 C. Parker Whittle, former star quarter- 
back on the '19 and '20 football teams, leports 
himself as an industrial engineer with the 
Stetson Shoe Company, Inc., South Weymouth, 

'22 Harry A. Murray has a position as 
research chemist in the experimental station of 
the E. I. DuPont de Nemours Co., Wilmington, 

w'22 Stuart V. A. Smith is now in the em- 
ploy of the Liederle Antitoxin Laboratories, 
Statler Bldg., Boston, Mass. 


'82 Charies S. Plumb. "Marketing Farm 
Animals", a text-book for junior and senior 
classes in agricultural colleges. Published by 
Ginn and Company. 

'95 Dr. Edward A. White. "American 
Orchid Culture", a text-book published by De 
La Mare Company of New York, N. Y. 

'13 Harold M. Gore. "The Story of 
Enajerog", a small booklet describing in an 
attractive manner, "Kid's" summer camp for 

'13 Dr. Nils P. Larsen, co-author with 
L. S. Godfrey. "Sacral Pigment Spots — A 
record of 700 cases with a genetic theory to 
explain its occurrence". In Am. Jour. Phys 
Auth. Vol. 10, No. 2, 1927. 

'13 Prof. Clark L. Thayer. "Spring Flower- 
ing Bulbs", a book dealing with the culture of 
such bulbs as crocus, narcissi and tulips. Pub- 
lished by Orange Judd Company of New York, 
N. Y. (In press.) 

'13 Reyer H. Van Zwaluenburg. "The 
Inter-relationships of Insects and Round 
Worms". Bull. No. 20, Ent. Series of the Expt. 
Sta. of the Hawaiian Sugar Planter's Assoc, 
January, 1928. 

F Prof. Joseph S. Chamberlain. "Organic 
Chemistry", a revised edition of his earlier text- 
book. Published by Plakistons Son & Co. of 
Philadelphia, Pa. (In press.) 

F Prof. Richard T. Muller. "American 
Greenhouse Construction and Equipment", a 
useful book for amateur florists, published by 
De La Mare Co., of New York, N. Y. 

F Prof. Frank A. Waugh. "Through the 
Trees", an illustrated article in the January 
number of American Forests and Forest Life. 

'23 Frank D. Luddington is teaching in the 
high school at Sumter, V^ermont, but still re- 
tains visions of returning to his first love in the 
field of landscape architecture. 

w'23 "Jim" Hubbard is reported to be the 
manager of the Arcade Hotel, Bradenton, Fla. 

'24 Clarence W. Holway, whose marriage 
was recently announced, is now teaching in the 
high school at Northampton, Mass. 

'24 Edward A. Kane, chemist for the Dept. 
of Health, Washington, D. C, left -recently for 
a three month's tour of duty at Fort Riley, 

'24 Chauncy V. Perry is learning to be a 
physician at the Harvard Medical School. His 
home address is 54 Burnham St., Waverly, 

'25 & '26 Mr. and Mrs. George W. Hans- 
comb came to the front with a fine picture of 
their new Spanish home in Ortega, Florida, 
shown on the cover of "The Southern Club- 
woman" for January, 1928. The same number 
includes an extended article on nature study by 
Mrs. Hanscomb. 

'25 L. M. "Pat" Holbrook has migrated 
southward temporarily to Richmond, Va., 
where he is doing special work for the Liberty 
Mutual Insurance Company. He expects to 
return to Springfield, Mass., about April 1. 

'25 Louis P. Lavallee wTites that he is 
enjoying his work in the planting department 
of Olmsted Brothers, landscape architects, in 
Brookline, Mass. 

'26 Harry W. Block has a position as a 
research chemist in the agricultural experiment 
station at Purdue University, Lafayette, Ind. 
He attended the World Aggie Night meeting 
in Lafayette, on October 22. 

'26 "Al" Mann is reported to be doing a 
fine job as county club agent in Litchfield County 
Conn. His headquarters are located at the 
Litchfield County Farm Bureau, Torrington, 



Vol. IX. 

Return Postage 

Amherst, Massachusetts, May 14, 1928 ^'"'ZHt^Jn^da^^^lVie^''""- No. 9 


S. B. Haskell '04 Tells of Travels 

Sidney B. Haskell '04, until recently director 
of the Massachusetts Agricultural Experiment 
Station, and now head of the agricultural de- 
partment of the Synthetic Nitrogen Products 
Corporation, in a letter to the Editor tells of 
his travels through Germany and describes con- 
ditions there in an interesting manner.^ 

In the belief that other alumni will be in- 
terested in this brief, but first-hand, glimpse of 
German agriculture, Mr. Haskell's letter is 
published here in part: 

"Berlin, April 16, 192S 
"Neustadtische Kirchstrasse 9 

". . .1 wish I could have been at the meeting 
of March 31st and assist the Boston alumni in 
giving the right kind of a greeting to President 
Thatcher. I hope that the project tor the 
Physical Education Building got a good send off. 

"I have been in Germany now two months, 
but I have not yet met a single Aggie man. I 
look for them, wherever "good eats", or "good 
shows", or "good sleeps" are the rule. Perhaps 
winter is the wrong time of the year; or per- 
haps there is one more place where I might have 

"I have been studying soil fertility practice 
in Germany, and have already made a diagonal 
from the wonderful Rhineland climate of the 
southwest to the somewhat harsh continental 
climate of the northeast near the Polish Corridor. 
I have likewise been in the southeast in the 
delightful farming country of Silesia, but 1 have 
not yet studied the dairy and meadow country 
of the northwest. Everywhere I go I am im- 
pressed by the wonderful use made of the soil 
which, to start with, was very poor and of a 
climate which gives scarcely half the rainfall 
which you have in Amherst. On the other hand 
I was also impressed but unfavorably by the 
way labor is used on the German farms. 1 
suppose that the difference is entirely reason- 
able. Of land there is not enough, of labor on 
the average more than enough. So it happens 
that many things are done which we in x'\merca 
would never think of doing, for instance, wheat 
after oats is "geschalt, gepflugt, geeggt, gesch- 
leppt, Dunger gestreut, wieder geeggt, Saatgut 
bestellt, geeggt" and this brings us only to 
about the middle of November. (I give this in 
German for two reasons: 1. It cannot be trans- 
lated, and (2) every Aggie man has had to 
study German as a required subject and will of 
course understand perfectly) 

"Everywhere I go the signs of a most severe 
agricultural depression are apparent. We in 
America have been through a difficult time, here 
in Germany the difficulty was postponed. There 
may be many reasons for the agricultural crisis 
— I suppose among them is the reason that 
after inflation inevitably must come deflation. 
Reparation payments must also have a de- 
pressing influence. 

"By the time you receive this letter I shall 
be leaving Germany for Italy. I am taking the 
Leviathan home, sailing from Southampton the 
middle of May. I hope to see you and other 
members of the executive committee at Com- 
mencement time. Until then, greetings to all. 
"Sincerely yours, 

"Sidney B.Haskell '04" 


Pres. Thatcher's Comments 

on Visits with Alumni 

I have had the opportunity and pleasure to 
meet a large number of alumni of M..'\.C. dur- 
ing the past two or three weeks at the meetings 
held in connection with the Physical Education 
Building Campaign program. I have been 
struck with two aspects of alumni relationships 
to their Alma Mater. These may apply equall>' 
well to alumni of other institutions, but cer- 
tainly seem to me to apply to our alumni in a 
very noticeable way. 

The first of these is the intense loyalty of the 
individual alumni to their Alma Mater. It has 
been a keen pleasure to me to see how quickly 
alumni respond to anything that is of interest 
to the institution and with what eagerness they 
express their support and good wishes for the 
future of the College. 

On the other hand there seems to be a general 
impression that the College is in a hard way and 
is having difficulty with the administrative 
officials of the State and otherwise being ham- 
pered in its hopes and plans for the future. One 
pleasant part of the present situation is that it 
gives us an opportunity to give to the alunmi a 
message of real cheer and optimism as to the 
future. I sincerely hope that this present 
project of the alumni may result in a much 
clearer understanding b\' individual members of 
the Associate Alumni of the present situation 
and apparent future prospects of the College. 

Hence, I hope that the present campaign 
may arouse both loyalty and interest in the 
affairs of the College on the part of all alumni 
and former students of the College. 

R. W. Thalckcr 


J. Gerry Curtis w'07 Lauded 

J. Gerry Curtis w'07, superintendent of parks 
for the city of Miami, Florida, is continuing his 
success in crenting beauty according to an edi- 
torial under that caption which appeared in a 
recent issue of the ^iia»li News. 

The editorial, quoted in detail, follows: 

"J. Gerry Curtis deserves great credit and 
praise for the good sense and taste he has dis- 
played as superintendent of Miami's public 
parks in the transformation of the vacant space 
on Nineteenth Street, facing Northeast Second 
Avenue, into a beauty spot which bids fair to 
be a joy forever. 

"All this has been done within a brief space 
of time and w-ithout the expenditure of much 
money. The allowance for the work has been 
meager enough. 

"Prior to the hurricane this place w'as a play- 
ground, given over largely to tennis, and had 
nothing to recommend it as a park. It was bare 
of anything suggesting the beautiful, being en- 
closed by a high wire lence, and the clay of the 
courts was not an object for pleasing contem- 
plation. But after the hurricane a systematic 
effort to make it over was started and it has 
been carried forward steadily until now the 
vision of the master mind is being manifested 
(Continued on Page 2 col. 2) 

Alumni Meet to Support Project 

-Alunmi meetings in fifteen centers and direct 
mail announcements to the whole alumni body 
ha\e carried the message of the launching of 
the Alumni-Trustee Campaign for a Physical 
Education Building around the world. The 
response is favorable. Massachusetts newspapers 
have been particularly generous in their support 
of the campaign, giving columns and columns 
of space to the news story and many of them 
commenting editorially upon the worthiness of 
the project. 

Contribu'.ions totaling S16,500, have been 
generous in these early days of the campaign. 
-■\t the time of this writing, alumni contribu- 
tions ha\'e amounted to S6,860, student con- 
tributions to S4,341 and those from other 
sources to .'$5,292. The first gift from persons 
not connected with the College is one of five 
thousand dollars from one who is glad to aid 
the cause of higher public education in this way. 
The committee is confident that others will 
support the project in a like manner and is 
encouraged by responses alread> received from 
such sources. 

Boston Alumni Start Campaign 

The campaign started with a bang at a 
meeting of 250 members of the Boston Alumni 
Club on March 31. E. C. Edwards '14 was 
chairman and introduced former President 
Lewis as toastmaster. President Thatcher was 
the guest of honor and principal speaker. Philip 
Whitmore opened the campaign for the new 
building and Curry Hicks described the build- 
ing plans. Since then fourteen other alumni 
meetings have been held at Springfield, Green- 
field, Washington, Hartford, New York, Geneva, 
Columbus, Cleveland, Chicago, Worcester, Lafa- 
yette, Providence, Minneapolis and Albany. 
President Thatcher and Curry Hicks have made 
a great team in presenting the project at many 
of these. Sumner Parker accompanied Curry 
on the western trip. From all these meetings 
th? word comes back that alumni are interested 
and are getting solidly behind the projec;. The 
comment which L. M. \'an.\lstyne '18 makes, 
following the meeting at Geneva, is typical and 
worth repeating. "I must say that before the 
dinner I was sort of gloomy of ever raising three 
hundred seventy-five thousand dollars for the 
new building, but after the meeting, I feel sure 
it can be done and will be done." 

The new President is certainly putting forth 
his every effort tor the success of the campaign. 
Not only has he talked at many of these alumni 
meetings but he has met with Chambers of 
Commerce, Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs and 
other similar organizations to tell the story of 
the College and of this project in particular. 
He does not hesitate to admit that, while he 
realizes the value of this project in attempting 
to supply a great need of the College, it means 
much more as a text upon which to give to the 
citizens of the Commonwealth a better under- 
standing of the nature and purposes of the 
College. There is no doubt that the College will 
be better understood as a result of the activities 
of this campaign than it has evgr been before 
and such understanding cannot help but lead 
to better conditions in all respects in the future. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, May 14, 1928 


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Entered as second class matter. March IV 
1920. at the Postoffice at Amherst. Mass. 
under the Acts of March 3, 1879. 

Linus H. Jones 'IQ. Chairman 


Roland H. Verbeck '08 
William L. Doran '15 
Marshall O. Lanphear '18 
Earle S. Carpenter '24 
Miss Mary Foley '24 
Elmer E. Barber '26 
Calton O. Cartwright '27 
Philip F. Whitmore '15. ex officio 
William I. Goodwin '18, ex officio 

Address all communications to The Alumni Office, M. A. C, Amherst, Mass. 


Editorial Note 

In order to give the latest information con- 
cerning the Physical Education Building Cam- 
paign, the publication of the April number of 
the Alumni Bulletin was deferred until the 
present date. The regular May number will 
appear as usual on the 25th of the month and 
will carry completed Commencement notes and 
news. — Editor. 


Mrs. Constance M. Fay, 2S, wife of Robert 
S. Fay, M.A.C. '13, passed away at her home 
in Monson, Mass., on March 27', 1923, after a 
brief illness. She was married to Mr. Fay, now 
treasurer of the Monson Savings Bank, July 6, 
1921. She leaves her husband and a son, Robert. 

Ira H. Butterfield, 88, died March 24, 1928 at 
East Lansing, Mich. He was the father of 
Kenyon L. Butterfield, former head of M.A.C, 
and a former resident of Amherst, Mass. 

Helen S. Goodell, 82, widow of former Presi- 
dent Henry Hill Goodell of M.A.C, passed 
away April 13, 1928 at her home in Amherst, 
Mass. Her husband became professor at the 
College when it received its first students in 
1867, was chosen president in 1886, and served 
until his death, April 23, 1905, A portrait of 
President Goodell hangs in Memorial Hall. 


'25 John S. Lacey to Miss Helen F. Rohan 
at Holyoke, Mass., April 28, 1928. 

FG Joseph B. Lindsey, Jr., to Miss Mary 
E. Swart at Kingston, N. Y., March 31, 1928. 


'16 A son, John Flanders, to Mr. and Mrs. 
Henry M. Walker, Feb. 22, 1928, at Brookline, 

'21 A daughter, Joan, to Mr. and Mrs. 
Peter J. Cascio, March 31, 1928, at Hartford, 

w'21 A son, Clarence Parker, Jr., to A'Ir. and 
Mrs. C Parker Whittle, April 6, 1928, at Wey- 
mouth, Mass. 

'22 A son, Richard Goodwin, to Mr. and 
Mrs. Herbert L. Collins, April 2, 1928, at 
Beverly, Mass. 

F A son, James Kenneth, to Mr. and Mrs. 
L. R. Quinlan, April 10, 1928, at Manhattan, 

w'25 Miss May E. Russell is in educational 
service as a teacher of history and drawing and 
assistant principal in the junior high school at 
Haverhill, Mass. 

'16 Herbert W. Bishop, president of the 
Forest Lake Dairy, Palmer, Mass., was recently 
on the campus renewing old friendships. 

FG William C Pauley has an excellent 
landscape business established in Atlanta, Ga. 
His address is 762 Candler Annex, Atlanta, Ga. 

Creating Beauty 

(Continued from Page 1) 

in pleasing form for the delight of the eye and 
the pleasurable recreation of many who come to 
stroll through its walks and sit beneath the 
shade of its rustic pergolas. 

"A fountain and basin have been built of 
crude limestone, and this structure has been 
made beautiful with foliage and flowering plants. 
Flower beds have been laid out, the main body 
of the park has been planted to grass, which 
forms a closely cropped carpet of restful verdure, 
and the playground paraphernalia and tennis 
courts have been moved to the back part of 
the grounds. 

"Mr. Curtis has proved himself a landscape 
artist of rare discernment and skill and his 
work as exemplified here has been achieved at 
a minimum expense. 

"We hand him our sprig of lilac." 

Fred V. Waugh '22 New Secretary ■ 
for N. E. Research Council 

Fred V. Waugh '22, for the past two years 
director of the State division of markets, re- 
signed March 1, and has been succeeded in this 
position by Lawrence A. Bevan, M.A.C. '13. 
Mr. Waugh, left to take up the duties of 
secretary of the New England Research Council 
on Marketing and Food Supply. In addition 
to assuming the duties of secretary of the coun- 
cil, Mr. Waugh will be in direct charge of the 
New England Crop Reporting Service which has 
been made a part of the research council. 

High School Day Literary 

Contest Winners Annovmced 

The prize winners in the M.A.C. High School 
Day literary contests were announced recently 
by the board of judges. Stanley T. Dingman 
of Palmer High School was awarded the first 
prize of $25 in the essay contest, Alphonse 
Wallace of Amesbury High School the first 
prize of $25 in the verse contest, while second 
prizes of $15 each in the verse contest were 
voted to Reno S. Smith of Amherst High School 
and Frank E. Miller, Jr. of Lynn English High 
School. Honorable mention in the verse contest 
was given to Harriet P. Wright of Shrew-sbury 
High School. Due to the superior literary 
quality of the material submitted in the verse 
contest, the judges exercised the option stated 
in the contest announcement and awarded only 
a first prize in the essay contest and two second 
prizes in the verse competition. 

The prize winners received their awards 
as a part of the evening program of High School 
Day at M.A.C. on Saturday, May 5. 

FG Clifford O. Gates is doing a general 
line of landscape work with Buskirk's Inde- 
pendence Nurseries, Independence, Ohio. 

FG Waldo W. Steven has a position as 
associate examiner, U. S. Patent Office, Wash- 
ington, D. C 

sp'02 Miss Evelyn H. Davis is teaching 
biology in the Central High School, Bridgeport, 

Cooley '95 Visits So. Africa 

Robert A. Cooley '95, state entomologist and 
professor of entomology and zoology at Mon- 
tana State College, left April 12, on an 
extended trip which will take him to England, 
France, Belgium, Holland, and later, to the 
South African jungles before he returns to this 
country. Prof. Cooley's efforts on his trip will 
be chiefly confined to the collection of ticks and 
the search for new parasites that might be 
introduced into Montana and the Northwest 
for the purpose of assisting in the control of 
the spotted fever tick prevalent in those areas. 

Aside from his entomological researches Prof. 
Cooley will join, for a time, the Chicago Zoo- 
logical Expedition in South Africa for the pur- 
pose of collecting animal specimens for the 
Montana State College and Montana Univer- 

During the past twenty years Prof. Cooley 
has been engaged in spotted fever control in 
northwestern United States and his studies and 
bulletins have caused him to be considered one 
of the foremost authorities in the country on 
this subject. 

Montgomery's Rose 

Wins Coolidge Medal 

Talisman, the new variety of rose, originated 
by Alexander W. Montgomery '98, who died on 
October 22, 1927, has been exhibited at several 
flower shows recently, and has won the follow- 
ing awards for the Montgomery Company, Inc.: 
The gold medal of the American Rose Society 
at the National Flower Show in Louisville, Ky.; 
a gold medal at the Philadelphia Flow'er Show; 
a gold medal at the International Flower Show 
in New York City; and a gold medal and a silver 
medal at the spring show of the Massachusetts 
Horticultural Society in Boston. How'ever, the 
greatest honor was the award of the President 
Calvin Coolidge gold medal, presented at the 
International Flower Show in New York City 
for President Coolidge by Secretary W. M. 
Jardine of the Department of Agriculture, for 
the best new foliage or flowering plant. 

C. L. Thayer '13 

M.A.C Alumni Leaders 

in Park Work 

There has recently been published a large 
two-volume work on parks "based on a nation- 
wide study of municipal and county parks" and 
financed by the Laura Spelman Rockefeller 
Memorial Foundation. It is interesting to note 
the extent to which M.A.C. appears in this 
study through the work of its graduates. A 
cursory glance through the pages shows the 
following items: Stephen F. Hamblin '12; 
references to the work of Harold J. Neale '09 
in Audubon Park, New Orleans; plans drawn 
for Missouri Botanical Garden by John Noyes 
'09; an elaborate study on education of park 
personnel by Henry R. Francis '10, to which 
Professor Waugh also contributed; very lengthy 
and valuable sections from the publications of 
Albert D. Taylor '05 dealing with landscape 
construction; several references to the work of 
Oliver G. Pratt '18 in the Salem, Mass. parks, 
including a photograph of the Salem Willow's 
outdoor theater designed by Professor Waugh; 
with other references to Professor Waugh's 
book on outdoor theaters; many photographs 
and extended data from the work of the late 
George A. Parker '76 in the parks of Hartford, 

Rifle Team 

Letters were awarded the following members 
of the varsity rifle team at a recent meeting of 
the joint committee on intercollegiate athletics: 
Capt. Kenneth F. McKittrick of Boston, John 
B. Zielinski of Holyoke, Wellington W. Kennedy 
of Red Bank, N. J., Taylor M. Mills of Boston, 
Chesley L. Black of Reading, and Paul F. Frese 
of Waltham. 


Aggie Launches Campaign for Physical Education Plant 

Z -1 

Well-Planned Building, to Cost $375,000, Will Be Topic of Discussion ai Tonight s Alumni Gathering at Boston Chamber of Commerce Building 

KEY TO ILLUSTRATIONS: l — The Propoied Plant, with the Old ■*D<ill Shed" at ihs Eitreme Right ; 
PrafsMOr Curry S. Hiclu. Forward -Looking Member of the Ma»achu«ettB / gricultural Colic se Faculty. V. 

Aided by Architect Who Ace Agele 

bolution of Inadequate Quarters for 

Development of M, A. C. Students 

in Sight at Last — President 

Thatcher to Address 

Alunmi Here 

By Geoige C. Caiens 

ALUMNI of the MaasijrhLrelts Agrl- 
/\ cultural College will gather at 
^~A the Boston Chambei of Com- 
^> ■*• merce Building CoDlgh- for what 
promlaes to be the Inrgest Aggie Alum- 
ni meeling ever hi-lil here The two tea 
lures of the meeting will be the official 
welcome by eastern MaasachusettH alum- 
ni to the new college president. Roscoe 
W. Thatcher, and the launching of the 
i-ompalgn for a. new physlcaJ educaUon 
building (or the college. M. A C. Alum- 
ni Clubs throughout -astern MassQchu- 
setts and a^ far west as Worcester end 
Fltehburg havo pledged support to this 
meeting and are planning to send large 

Aggie's beloved lotmer president. Ed- 
ward M Lewla, win b^ toastmiister. 
Presy Lewla la now a full-fledged member 
i>f the M. A. C. Alumni Aasodatlon, be- 
cause a life membership woa conferred 
upon him n,t Commencement laat year. 
The organ In ihe Chamber of Commerce 
Bul'ding win play Aggie sonK^i tonight 
and Roy Patch, graduate of lh> college 
anil flinging candidate for mayor of Bev- 
erly- Is expected to be an Important tnc- 

Wliltmore Heads Buildlne Committee 

President Thatcher will make his maid- 
en speech to this alumni sroup. Philip 
F. Whltmore ot Sunderland, president 
ot the A-S30clale Alumni and chairman of 
the alumni trustee i>liyHlcal education 
building committee, will offlclally launch 
the campaign tor this building. He will 
present the plan of the committee for 
raising the $375,000 necessary tor the 
erection of this building on Aggie's 
campus. Professor Curry S. Hkks, head 
of Iho department of physical educ;itlon 
at the college, will show the plans of the 
proposed building and tell of Its desira- 
bility and usefulness. 

The nw>d for such a building at 
Agglo Is well known to M. A. C. 
nlumni and particularly to graduates 
during the last twenty years. A re- 
cent survey showed that M. A. C. 
has the poore^it physical education 
equipment of any of the smaller col- 
leges In the l^ast. 

The Drill Hall, which serves as the 
only building for carrying on physical 
t-dueallon. was built in 1881, At this 
lime the college enrollment waa less than 
one hundred students and the building 
was intended primarily for military drill. 
It has long since outgrown Its useful- 
All Stutlents Will Benefit 

The college enrollment at M. A. C. has 
now reached 800 sludt-nts and locker 
space and dressing-room facltltloM can- 
not accommodate half this number. Re- 

pairs were made on the Drill Hull lost 
summer, but while the sanitary condi- 
tions In the building were improved, 
there waa no enlargement of racllities to 
meet the constantly increasing demand. 
During the last ten years the Incieaa- 
Ing number of women students at Aggie 
has further complicated the problem of 
ways and meiins for olTering a program 
ot physical c-ilucatlnn. At pre»ent there 
Is no provision for tiieir Indoor recrea- 
tion, unless they use regular clasxrooms, 
which, of course, do not Include dressing 
rooms or shower baths. 

The, new physical education build- 
ing Is planned to serve as the center 
of a complete Indoor and oulriuor 
program for the entire college yoar. 
which win Include g<»ner»l recreation 
for the whole student body as well ua 
facllitlea for corrective exercises tor 
those who need the special ireat- 

The plan presented Is the result of 
study hy the committee of a large num- 
ber of colk'ge phy.slcal education plants 
and embodies the moit up-to-date nnd ai 
the same lime useful features of many, 

Clinton F- Goodwin. 'IG, who Is asso- 
ciated with Morse Sc Dlckln-son In H.iver- 
liili, prepared the plnns In conjunction 
with Prolessoi' HLcks. lirford W. Poole, 
'9U. uf the him i.f Brown & Poole. Ne-v 
Bedford, also acted In an advisory 

Wliat the BiiUilliie Provlitvs 

The new building Is made up of four 
units that are ulmoiit inde|icndeiit ot one 

The north wing is the locker build- 

ing and Includes the main locker 
room, group dressing rooms, treat- 
ment and rubbing room, shower and 
toilet rooms, trainers' supply room 
and oRlce, and offices for the In 
structors In charge of the gymnaal 
iim, pool, and the severul sports. 

The front central section contains 
on the main floor two large rooms 
for class work, gymnasium classes 
and physical examinations, equipment 
lor special corrective exercises, offlees 
of the department head and health 
service and clerk's oHlce, main lobby 
and trophy room, coat room and pub- 

On the lower floor are located the 
wrestling and boxing room, suiiply 
sturcr(,om. towel' room, laundry and 
repair room, drying room, dressing 
room, and showers nnd toilets for 
women in connection with their use 
of the swimming pool. 

The swimming pool, which meas- 
urca thirty by sevcnty-flve feet, oc 
puples the south wing and there are 
accommodations for 500 Buectators. 

The fourth section In the dirt-lloor 
recreation hull which measures ISO 
feet by 160 leet and is lo-nted In the 
ruar of the central section Theie I- 
n. circular truck twelve feet wide and 
a balcony ab^ve the track whir 
opens out over the central area 

Aluninl Interest Augurs Success 

A sectional hardwood floor 48 feci by 
90 feet In the center of one-half of the 
dirt area around which bleachers are 
io be placei' will offer t. sijlendld iii)poi- 
:unlty lor baMket^all and otlicr board 

floor games from Th&nksglvlng to 
spring. This idea Is proving very satis- 
factory In several other Institutions. 

The other half of the dirt area would 
provide space for continuance of the out- 
door recreational program through [he 
winter months After March first the en- 
tire area would be available Cor early 
preparation for the spring out-ot-door 
program Including a full-sized diamond 
for baseball practice. 

M, A. C. alumni are a very active 
group as Is witnessed by the fact 
that they have recently presented 
to the college a beautiful 
hull In memory of Aggie's war heroes. 
They also contrluted the college'9 
athletic field which la said to be one 
of the best In New England, Their 
promotion of this new campaign 
for a physical education building 
augurs well for the success of the 

The committee in charge Is constituted 
as follows: 


F, Whllm 

Ambarai^ Henry M. 

n, Boalon; Aili 
n^ llPrbLTl L, 

Iben. '01, ir'ui 
m. 'la. Amber 

Hoberl O. Hawit; 

Hnyden, . . . 

iiwrencn t.. Janrn. "20. Cumbrlditu. 
, MoLMiiBhIln, '11. Arnhnml; Rrfoi.i ■ 
a. N»w Bedford: WnKer B. Shaw, S 

Clark U Tbnvur 

Comment from the Press 

upon the Alumni-Trustee Physical Education Building Project of the 
Massachusetts Agricultural College 

Spriniitteld Inion— April 2. 

Aggies Building Campaign 

Til.' r;iiiiiiiut:ii f"r .i iu'« iil)y>l(:il riliuMtii.n 
liiiiUliiik- .'\t till' Miissiii luisriis A^ririiliiiiul Cul- 
li*^. ronnally laonc-lipil al the filumiii ntPCTliiR 
nnA hniKjuel ii) Dttstiui Siiliirdiiy ('vi.<ninK, wlili-li 
look tlip rorm of a woloomt' lo tho now lirail or 
the r«lli>g('. Presklfnl Roscoi* W. Tliatchcr. rt»- 
rcEvpcl an eniliiisiastic and avisplcioils sinri. which 
swmed lo promise wi-ll for the pnrly siicccaa or 
this worlhy project. 

The ne«I of stich a biilldiiiK at Atncio. whpre 
' \w Old Drill Hall now provides sadly !iiadec|iinii> 
lirilities for phjKical edm-fllion. is only loo wpII 
known to past and prcstin siiiit.-rits. To suk- 
pi-sl tbat. tho StHtt' shi>iild pnmili- it may he lo 
express an oliviotis iruri>, inu aside from thai it 
is of little ov no piirposi' Tlic e.xprncnw of this 
inslilution and of stale collies tlirou)clioiit the 
coimtr>' has been that iegislatures are not only 
stow to ae( in siicli matters but that state re- 
sources are limited. Certain needs ran only be 
supplied through the Rcnerasliy of alumni and 
oilier piiblie-spirited eitijiens who ni^' interested 
in the eause of education. 

The situation has l»een carefully canvassed and 
Ilie conviction has been reached that if Afieie is 
to have a modern and u))-io-daT« building ns a 
center of its athleiir and recreational activities, 
the burden of supplying it must fall upon the 
alumni and other ft-iends of the insliluiion. The 
alumni already have responded enthuslaslieally 
to tile call. The project has met with their cordial 
indorspineni and plans are under way for imme- 
diate solicitation of subscriptions lo the building; 
fnnii. which has been set at SST.i.OOO. 

It is a cause in which the public can join with 
similar interest and enthusiasm, for Aggie Is n 
state institution, providing public educiitjonal 
rocilltieu of a hi((h order, and ihroufch its varied 
.ictivities rendering many other services of ines- 
timable value to the public. It is fell, and prolv 
ably with good reason, that many persons not 
connected vviih the college but interested in its 
welfare wi)i be attracted by this opportunity lo 
assist in this worthy cause. 

The imponance of ph>'sioil education In the 
Ir.iining iif youth Is well understood and requires 
no emphasis, and the movement to make ade- 
quate provision for it at the Massachusetts Agri- 
cultural College deserves as generous aid and 
support as ihe pubhc tan give. 

1 (Jlobe— April I 

Springfield Republican— April 8. 

State College Seeks Private 
Gifts for Needed Building 

The Ma.ssachuseits Agricultural follej^e. astate 
Insiitutiim, has instituted a campaign to raise 
money for a physical education and sports build- 
ing. The proposed structure will provide oppor- 
[iMilties for year-round exercise, for corrective 
gymnastics and for the playmg of indoor games. 
No one familiar with the equipment of the college 
and ihe climate of New England doubts that the 
fadlitles are genuinely needed. At present the 
only gjtimaslum Ihe institution posse$.ses i$ the 
one thai has been titled nut in the drill liall. built 
in 1884. This is inadequate for ihe winter recre- 
ation of 7.50 young men and women. Girl stu- 
dents, of whom 140 are now enrolled, cannot be 
provided for in ihat building, and have no spacp 
for physical education woric, except two class 
rooms that are used for light gj^nnastle exercises. 
The proposed building will contain a swimming 
pool available for the girls and will release the 
drill hall for their exriu.sivc use. 

■i'ear after year the college auiiiorltiw have 
asked tlic state for an appropriation to cover the 
cost of a physical education building. Year after 
year they have bc«n turned down l>y the budget 
oflcials on Beacon hill, and as the Legi.sialurc 
follows the leadership of the budget olHcials In 
providing funds for state institutions there has 
been no chance of obtaining money from the 
state. How long this situation will continue can- 
not he foreseen. Sooner or later the stut« must 
make more liberal provision for insiiiuiioiis of 
various kinds, which have an accumulation of 
ncfsia that must eventually be satlsflwl. Ma«sa- 
chusotts cannot hope to retain — or regjiin — 
Ihe reputation of a progressive commonwealth 
and consistently reliise lo make provision for he 
Institutions on the scale of other entlghienod 


There is abundant precedent fbr private glfia 
to slate institutions. In fact. It was shown four 
years ago that »70,l)00.000 hud biwn contributed 
liy private iienefa<-tors lo staW universities and 
colleges throughout the nation. Even In Con- 
necticut, whi-re the sutf has biwri reasonably 
llber:U in the treatment of the agricultural col- 
lege. »210,000 had l>een privately coniribulod lo 

ie** for First Time Ask Friends for Money 

Physical Education Not in State's Plan Students Made Atldetic Field 

Themselves. l)ut Lack Track, Swimming Pool and .\dequiite 

Dressing Rooms and Showers 

"I've liad nothing yei 
llathT, "so I Clint hiivc 

"Von nil, 111 \.Mi I I 
Ilatlcr, ■■ li . . .-> <!> Im 

Ifany rliihi. rr siMirt.'. 

■ Alice replied to the 

hintiiropists don't put r 
linve Sljilr suiiport. 

■ heir ilxis (f>iieKe.<i lliat 

.Sonic fhiiik liiui .1 iiiiMl.rn college can't get on 
without an cl;iiiniM(i. sia.lium. But not only do 
colleges nuiiijii;!' iMilimii -i^icllnms, liui some get 
along sonich'iH iviilmut even <)uariers for recre- 
ation and physjcid education classes. These are 
generally Stale colleges, for some reason. Stale 
authorities are unlikely to provide adequately for 
liie ph>-sical side of student life. 

Seeking $375,000 

The i-ollege at Amherst has been asking the 
State for a physical education building longer 
than any one concemwl can remember. The 
alumni and trustees Imve made up their minds 
that the only way ili.-u .■.,i),r-.. .. ..v.t likely lo 

get so vital a part iif in ..iii. ,,t„,„,ii plant is to 
nnd well-disposed jiii-^.u- «^Jlll lumi. They seek 
S375.(H)0 for the pnrpi.M' aiiiJ hu\n- tliat the grad- 
uates or the college can llnance n large fraciioii of 
it among themselves. 

This is the flrii time that the Massacliuselt* 
Agricultural Colii-ge has ever gone out to ask 
fiiiid>"f tin- piiiiji. It may prove to lie a turning 
point ill tliL- iiisuiiiiion at Amherst. 

other State collegis have flourl.shed under par- 
tial enilowment and iiave blossomed out In direc- 
tions that would have l)een bnpo^ibie so long ;is 
nourishment was restricted lo Legislative fotin- 
lains. r^omsH and the fnivereily of California, 
for examples, have supplemente<l what the Smto 
would give with what else they could get and 
have gro(vn great. 

State institutions thai have adequate accom- 
modation for dormitories and recreation are gen- 
erally colleges [hat have found outside resources 
to lap for this particular need. 

When the Subject Is Changed 
Aggie lias always got along with what the State 
has given It. This ha* recently been a very proper 
sum, neariy 81,000,000 a year. But it comes all 
tied up in particular packages, labeled for chem- 
istry, or a dairj- barn, or a poultry investigation. 
Visitoi^; to the college are shown pniudly 
through the model hams and spoiler^s dairy. If 
the visitor asks to be sliown the dormitories, that 
is the cue to change the subject; and should any- 
one Inquire where the students have their recrea- 
tion classes in the Indoor season, the proper pro- 
cedure is to talk rapidly alwut apples. There's 
an applejack factory up on the hill, always worth 

Some parents have said indignantly that the 
college provides more adequate quarters for Its 
cattle and hogs than for Its students. Thai is not 
the fauH of llie college. It seem- u> !..■ ,, ,ir,.ii,r,i- 

meut quite common among iti.-.U' m ■. < nt iriu 

dependent ujion Stale Legislniiu, .. s ,,„ mi 

Mil- .\t;ii.iilliiiiil lulU'gt' lui» Uif p».,iv»l .-.luip- 
menl In physical education of any college In the 
Kast. and makcK most efllcieni use of any — of 
what equipment tiiere is. 

The ancient drill hail which the iwiys have been 
allowi-d to use for ba»kel bail luus grown pulhell- 
cally Inadequate in the last lu years, since Aggie 
has developed fn>m a unit institution [o a tliree- 
lii-one college. Since the war a girls' department 
nf irill students has complicated all iihysical proli- 
lems.anda two-ye^rcoursi' of about 200 students 
has grown up. 

Tlie drUI hall Is on the campus because [he 
Government requires drill of ail abie-IXMlled male 
stucienis at a land grant college. There was no 
objection lo using the drill hull for atlileilcs. So 
Ihey added a shower lialli and locker room on the 
rear and put wire over tiie windows and cut two 
holes bi the reiling and tried to play basket ball 
In the drill hail. The reason that Aggie liasket- 
bail teams have l>een such dead shots from long 
iMigles is that they itad to know their floor ilki- a 
topographic map to locate tlic spuis where tliey 
could land any shots wltlioul hitiing the celling. 

Now liiat Spring is here, athletics and physical 
education will do nicely at Aggie until Com- 
mencement. They iiave a modern athletic Ocid 
which tile students of a few yeai-s ago drained 
nnd graded from a swamp after 40 years of play- 
ing nil their games on an unfenceil drill grouml 
under the <:hapel windows. 

Athletics for All 

Such money us was neetletl for tiling the 
ditches that ilie Itoys dug on their new Held wns- 
supplifd by alumni who n*memliered breiiklng 
college windows with iiasehalis or doing their 
Irack practice ilown the iiack country road be- 
hind liie farm. It was supposed lo l)e two miles 
down to the Plulnllehl bridge and back by liie 
Veterinary I.alioratory. 

Bm for occ3.slonal lime trials .\mber^>I College 
ji mile at the other end of town, was rhuritahie 
Willi her track. Amherst has Iwon nice alxiut 
sharing her swimming pool, too, but the problem 
of lending your swimming pool Is complicated 
when l.w girls and 200 short course Bludents are 
added lo the GOO-slup mens college thai wants to 

The new physical educitton building — that 
i.s. the physical education l)uildlng. if [hey gel 
one — will not be for a few athletes at Aggie. 
Thwy believe there is athletics for ail ami this Is 
no new idea with tiie Aggie physical director. 
Curry S. IlickK. He says that half tlic four-year 
men lake part in class or intercollegiate games. 
Recreation is required for all. so many hours a 

This Is ejLsy for the 13 weeks a year that are 
outdoors, but for tin- twlic as long Indoor season 

Mil- |ih\ -H .il .liM'i-d.i i-.i I ri'quIresliowei:s after 

.■\i-i.-i..r. i.ii .,11-,- ii„i, 1-1,1 room enough in the 
-li. iiMi- iiiii-r J, ],,, (ii,,i iMiiii whatever for any 

Hartford Courant — April 6, 

Calling Them Right 





aluniiii III \l,|iu-i 11- Xltm. uinir.ii i ■..ii.-u-i tii 

educalioji Ijuil.lmK. ll !-■- j nhul' utikli .l.'.„.iv.-s 
the support not only of Ihe alumni of the Bay 
Stale Institution Imi those who nvognine the 
need of physical work to round out a real educa- 

Character building acems to us to be the essen- 
tial of a college education. By clmracter building 
we miyin the development of the soul, the mind 

that institution. The Maasachuselts Agricultural 
College uiilhorilies feel that in si'eklng private 
funds Ui meet a well demonslrated need they are 
opitning an opportunity for men and women of 
wealth to benefit an institution which Itself bone- 
Ills students of moderate means, a majority of 
wiiom work all or part of liie year to pay. In part 
at least, the expensi^ of their education. 

and the body. We believe that most colleges and 
universities are o|ierating on this plan ami In 
most of the colleges we know the three are becom- 
ing more and more closely aligned. 

Mnssacimsetts Agricultural College, we know, 
bos a lino conc^iption of the benullu of physical 
education. Those of us who visit the college In 
watch football, bosketlvil) :iiiil li;isi-lvill :i|ipri'ri- 
aW tile fact that frnin rn-i^iini ri....... M 

Thatcher down ihrouK'i iIm' Lmuh ^ .ni'i rii,. 

Htudent iiody. Interi'<>ii<'i.-iiiii' .iihiiin- ,iri' m- 
joyed, promoted and appreciated for the sake of 
development of Anu-rlcan Ideals of rivalry, the 
desire lo win In fair lumpetitlon and of good, 
clean •ii.iirl-m.'iii-ililp. 

Hut iiii \^-i.-i, , ,,1 \Tnhei-st have worked under 
a ilMiini t>.iiiiii..,{i lur several years. They have I itiiiiiiiiini f,,r |i|iysical education. An old 
drill shell was converted Into a gymnasium but 
liod ulteriy failed to meol re<iuli'emenls. It* fucll- 
Ulea wero entirely liiaitequate i<.v<m\ for the stu- 

Hostoii Transcript- April 4. 

M. A. C.'s First Public Petition 

^"^'■"'"■' "I"'"" "f 111'- '■„„ir.i..n«i.,d(h It 

"-I-; li.itii.) iImi ilir Mi.s<:i.'lii,sftr^ .VKriniKural 
i--\W'- h.-iv. ^im.iiiu all til.' culli.K.'. -iiidied. de- 
cld.'dly the ponresi cfpilpment for physical t«lu- 
catlon. During forly-four yejira the only building 
available for that purpose In the State's great 
betlltuilon at .\mherst has ijcen the old Drill 
Hall. This was erected wiien M. A. V. had les. 
than one iiundred students, and was dr«igned 
chleny for training of a mliilarj- sort. Now ihe 
college lius elRht hundn-d students, but cannoi 
provide half that numher wltUeven the UKual and 
nei-es^uiry gymnjislum facilliiis for indoor exer- 
cises and for the general program of health devel- 
opment which plays so Important a part in liie 
tireparatlon of sturdy young citiwnsrorlheStaie. 
well trained in Imdy anil mind. 

After many years of appeal on Beacon Hill for 
relief which the g<Mierous but over-burdened Cen- 
eral Court has never yet fell altle lo give, the 
alumni and the athletic authorities of M A. C. 
have now courageously decidiul to take matters 
Into their hands. The graduates, be ii noted, 
have Just i-ompleie*l full payment for a line new 
students' union building as a war memorial, and 
some years ago they gave the college lis present 
athletic field. No doubt they will give illM'raily 
to Ihe new physical educjitlon building now 
sought. But they have decided also upon a fur- 
ther step. For Ihe first time in history, liiey an- 
alxiut to lay liefore the general public a vital 
need of the State's college at Amiienit. Novel 
though thai step maybe in this Commonwealth. 
It is richly warranted by the example of nearly 
all of our sUter States. Private donors have sup- 
plied Stati'-supporied institutions In Michigan, 
New Hampshire, New Jersey, I'enn.sylx-ania, Cai- 
Ifomia and other Commonwealths mon* than 
»70,000.000 of gi(t^ and grant*. It would m-ni 
thai Ma.s.iachu setts, which now does not appear 
on tills roll of honor at all. should readily And 
private givers willing to share In raising the mod- 
erate sum of S375,000 now required by the Bay 
St ale's aRricuitural college to meet a very evident 
and esceptlonal mtvl. 

This eampni^ is not at all an effort merely to 
produce stronger "varsity teams " for M. A. C, 
If more prowess In organized athletic contests 
results from it, of course that outcome will be 
welcomed, Bui the truth is that M. A. C.'s ap- 
peal for an adequate gymn.isium, like the similar 
drives recently undertaken at WUlIams and in 
small colleges thniughout the East, is a sincere 
expression of a gnawing realization Ihat decent 
athletic facilities are needeil for all students in 
college, and that an institution which develops 
only a few higidy trained t«ams has altogether 
failed lo meet Its real duty toward the young 
generation given Into its change- 

dents who have taken part in competitive Inier- 
<f)lleglale events. 

The Drive Starts 

For many years requests from the president 
and trustees of the college to the stale for appro- 
priations to proijde even ordinary e<iulpment for 
physical education have been praciically ignored 
until those whose hearis and souls are tied up In 
the development of Ihe l>oys and girls who attend 
M, A. C, determined to solicit flmds from private 
citizens ns well as alumni. 

It is the rtret appeal to the public from M, A. C 
men. who without outside assistance liaxe prv>- 
vided an athletic Held costing more than 5',i0.000 
and a war memorial student union building cost- 
ing $1 -.O.OOO- No one can Irulbfully say Hint ihe 
alumni of this state college have not shown their 
appreciation of the e<lucation widch they received 
at state expense. 

Building Necessary 
Behind the campulgti wliich is now under m.-iv 
liiB alumni of this state college must do the lie;i\ > 
work, but the cost of the proposed buihiing - 
something like S375.0QO — is far too he.-tvy a bur- 
den for them lo curry alone. But they shoukl be 
ii'ili' i" -I II 'li'ii idra (« those dtlEens who can 

I'' '■ - ' ' - IHckii, general manager of 
ii'liii I II ■ iiiil iiiii -n mI education at Miuw. Aggle.s. 
is [he 'man behind " this idea. When lie wetii i« 
the college several yMrs ago apologk^ wen' mmle 
for lack of equipment. Since that time ci-idiua- 
tion li:i-,ili>v>>1ii|ieil and with more than llKl young 
Woineii I'liriilli'd rrofessor MU'ks has found iiiul- 
sell' iiii.ilili' III Illlike imioor provision for their 
phyilcul educiiil.iiL, 

And we lielleve it was tills need, as much ns any 
other, which stiiried iilm Inbi action and liiis at'- 
tnatly started the drive. 

Supplement to Alumni Bulletin of Massachusetts Agricultural College, Volume IX, Number '». 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, May 14, 1928 



The opening game with Northeastern on 
Saturday, April 14, was canceled after two and 
one-half innings because of rain. Aggie was 
leading at this time by a 6-3 score. Three 
sophomores starting their first varsity game 
made a good showing: Kneeland collected two 
hits and both Barnard and Patch filled their 
respective positions well. 

In the game with the M.I.T. Beavers, April 
17, "Ad" Hall '29, in his first varsity game, 
fanned 19 opponents. His pitching combined 
with timely hitting by his teammates brought 
victory to Al.A.C. The final score was JM.A.C. 
8, M.I.T. Beavers 2. 

Amherst nosed out the varsity 4 to 3 in the 
game at Pratt Field, April 21, due chiefl\- to 
the fine hurling by Nichols of Amherst. 

The games with the University of Maine and 
Wesleyan were canceled on account of sogg^' 
fields and rainy weather. The cold and wet 
weather have handicapped the team, which, as 
yet, has not been able to get into good season 


Coach Derby and his squad of track candi- 
dates have also been handicapped by inclement 
weather. Development has-been very slow and 
some events such as the high and broad jumps, 
and the pole \ault have been extremely difficult 
to improve. The first meet on April 21, with 
W.P.I., which boasts a strong team, consequent 1\ 
found the varsity in rather poor condition. The 
final score was W.P.I. 77 1-3, M.A.C. 47 2-3. 

Spring Football 

About thirty candidates reported to "Kid" 
Gore on Tuesday, April 10th, for the opening 
session of spring football. "Larry" Jones '20 
and "Al" Gustafson '26 put the squad through 
fundamental exercises. Several senior letter 
men were also on hand. As a number of candi- 
dates, including letter men, are participating in 
either baseball or track, the prospects of material 
for "Kid" Gore's '28 club cannot be estimated 
at this time. 

Freshman Baseball 

Coach Ball has a number of candidates re- 
porting for the freshman baseball squad. Some 
of the most promising ones are: Kane of West- 
field, and Guenard of Lowell, catchers; Potter 
of Franiingham, Frye of South Hadley, Whcrity 
of Scituate. ^lason of Bennington and Lawrence 
of Brimfield, pitchers; among the inficlders are 
Davis of Lee, Kelvy of Athol, German of L'pton, 
Gula of Palmer, Salenius of Hingham, and 
Minkstein of Wcstfield. 

Freshman Track 

The freshman track team has begun practice, 
but as only one meet has been held, the 
relative merits of the various individuals cannot 
be stated. Frost of Arlington, and iVIanty of 
Maynard, seem to be the most promising can- 
didates for the broad jump and dashes. A .few 
of last fall's cross country team are available, 
the most promising being Albert Nash of Green- 

"Sammy" Samuels '25 whipped together 
a fast basketball five at the National Farm 
School, Farm School, Pennsylvania. "Sammy's" 
football eleven completed a very successful 
season registering seven wins in eight starts. 

"Dutch" Roser '22 had a fast "Y" team this 
year at High Point, North Carolina. He is 
playing a guard position. His team has been 
leading the North Carolina league which also 
includes a few Virginia teams. 


One of the most significant undergraduate 
activities in recent years took place on April 7, 
when some 250 students from 22 dilTerent New 
England Colleges gathered in An'ihtrtt to held 
a model League of Nations assembly. Spon- 
sored by the Cosmopolitan Clubs of Amherst, 
Aggie, Mount Hchoke, Smith and Springfield, 
the assembly considtrtd the questicns of dis- 
armament and tarifT, setting itself on record as 
strongly advocating a reduction in armaments 
and by a small majority fa\oring tlie radical 
Russian proposal of complete ditarmanitnt of all 
nations, and promoting a reducticn of tariffs. 

As far as possible each naticn was represented 
by its own people, and many of the speeches 
gi\'en by students in their native tongues were 
immediately translated into English. The first 
thing of its kind ever tried in New England, 
the Assembly attracted wide atttnticn. A group 
of 43 Aggie students took part in it, and part 
of this group was instrumental in bringing the 
affair into being. 

Once more the dean has announced his list 
of honor students, and this time 27 seniors, 
13 juniors, and four sophomores are accorded 
unlimited cuts, winning averages over fof,. The 
third group, also honor students but without 
unlimited cuts, averaging over SO;";, include 
26 seniors, 20 juniors, and 11 sophomores. Eight 
students, six of them seniors, had a\xragcs o\xr 
OOf^. They were Miss Blanche A\try of Green- 
field, Harold E. Clark of Montague, Scth J. 
Ewer of Le\den, .Maxwell H. Goldberg of 
Stoneham, C. P. Ladas of Athens, (jreece, and 
ilartwell E. Roper of Closter, N. J. The two 
juniors were Miss Elizabeth Steinbugkr of 
BrookKn. N. V., and Dickran X'artanian of 

The Junior Promenade, which came this year 
on a holiday week-end, pro\-ed to be a very 
popular event, and was well attended. Tlie 
"Prom" season began Thursday evening, April 
19, when the Roister Doisters presented Pliilip 
Barry's comedy, "The Youngest", followed In' 
the "Prom" dance. On Friday evening there 
were dances in several of the fraternity houses. 
On Saturday afternoon, the 21st, the ])romslers 
went to the .-\mhersl-Aggie baseball game at 
Pratt Field. The nmsic for the "Prom" dance 
was supplied by the Bohemians of Worcester. 

Many Aggie students participated in the 
comic opera, Patience, given at College Hall, 
Amherst, on April 20. A cast of more than 300 
persons made up of students of Amherst College 
and M.A.C, as well as townspeople presented 
the opera, which was enthusiasticalh' recci\ed 
by a large audience. 

The sophomores and freshmen are now on 
fairly even terms from the standpoint of class 
rivalry. The freshmen recently won the privi- 
lege of discarding the time-hcnored little cap 
and the sophomores gained a victory in the 
annual banquet scrap. 

Commencement Plav 
"Twelfth Night" ' 

Make Early Reservations 

The Roister Doisters are giving an 
Elizabethan production of Shakespeare's 
comedy, T-u'elfth Night, in the Grinnell 
Arena on the Thursday and Saturday 
evenings of Commencement week. The 
Saturday performance is intended pri- 
marily for the alumni and guests of the 
senior class, but the seating capacity of 
the Arena is only 400 and alumni are 
urged to make reservations by mail, 
through the Alumni Office, in advance. 
This is particularly true in respect to 
alumni reunion classes, which will pre- 
sumably wish to have their seats in block. 


Roister Dc isters 

The Roister Doisters ha\-e chosen for their 
Ccmmencen-.ent ■ play, Shakespeare's Twelfth 
Night, to be presented as nearly as possible in 
the manner in which it was presented in the 
public theatres in Shakesfcaie's time. Hence 
instead of using the Bowktr Auditorium the 
players will entertain their friends in the Grinnell 
Aiena, usually dedicated to the exhibition of 
li\e-stcck from the College barns. The seating 
capacil>- of the Arena will be about 400, not 
counting the unreser\ed and unfurnished "pit" 
available for the "groundlings"; and this will 
necessitate a second performance of the play, 
on the Thursday evening of Commencement 
week. The Saturday performance will be pri- 
mal ily for the alumni and guests of the senior 
class, and the Thursday one for students and 
Iccal patrons. 

The pla\- will be presented in costume but 
without intermissions or elaborate scenery and 
properties. A stage will ha\e to be built, how- 
ever, with backing roughly approximating the 
general appearance of the Globe. Use will be 
made of the so called "inner stage" and the 
galleries. Music will be introduced as an im- 
portant part of the business of the play, several 
songs being sung by Ray Plumer '29, of Adams. 
T',ieiflli Niglit is a short play and no cuts have 
been made in the text except some passages the 
meaning of which has become obscure with the 
lapse of time. 

The part of X'iola will be taken by Miriam 
Huss '29 of Newton Center, who plays the 
feminine lead in Tlic Youngest, and she will be 
supix.rted b\' Jane Patterson '29 of Amherst, 
as Olixin, and Faith Packard '29 of Windsor 
as Maria. Maxwell Goldberg '28, who is dis- 
tinguishing himself as Richard in Tlie Youngest 
and has excelled in character parts, particularly 
in The PeiH's Disciple and /» the Octagon, will 
pla\- .Sir Toby, and he will be supported by 
Walttr Smith '28 of Holden, as Sir Andrew, 
Ray Pluiuer as Fabian, and Leonard Morrison 
'29, of Monson, as F'este. The part of Malvolio 
is taken by Kenneth Barllett '28, of Dorchester, 
who has been in every play for four years and 
richly deserves his lead. Orsino is Robert F. 
Fox '2S, of Ware, another veteran of several 
seasons. There are several minor parts. The 
play is to be directed by Fiank Prentice Rand 
of the English department, and managed by 
Russell Whittcn '29 of Melrose. 

At the annual banquet of the Roister Doisters 
held recently, the honor of leading ne.xt season's 
dramatic group fell to Leonard W. Morrison 
'29, of JMonson. Miss Jane Patterson '29 of 
Amherst was chosen vice-president, and Russell 
R. Whitten '29 of Melrose, manager. 

The Collegian 

The annual election to the Collegian board 
recenth- named C. Shepley Cleaves '29, of 
Gardner, editor-in-chief; Edward H. Nichols '29, 
of Montpelirr, \t., managing editor; Frederick 
D. Thayer, Jr. '29, of Shrewsbury, business 
manager; WillamA. Egan, Jr. '29, of Springfield, 
ad%ertising luanager, and Laurence A. Carruth 
'29, of Worcester, circulaton manager. Other 
elections to the board were: Miss Margaret P. 
Donovan '30, of Bondsville, Lewis M. Lynds '30, 
of Taunton, and Cecil H. Wadleigh '30 of 

The most conspicuous innovation made by 
the retiring board was the appearance of a 
faculty issue and the number appearing at the 
time of President Thatcher's inauguration. 


Represented by one of the strongest debating 
teams in recent years, and by one which had 
met defeat but twice during the season, Aggie 
went dow^n to defeat in the final contest with 
Colby at Amherst on April 13. This year the 
team won from Springfield and the Univ. of 
Maine, went to a no decision engagement with 
X'ermont, and lost to Clark Univ. and Colby. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, May 14, 1928 


w'72 William C. Ames is a grocer at 25 
West Main St., Avon, Mass. 

w'79 Reuben Knox gives his occupation as 
chief clerl<, State Dairy and. Food Division, 
State Olfice, Richmond, Va. 
I '82 Alfred H. Taylor is a chicken rancher at 
Campbell, California. 

'89 James R. Blair is superintendent for the 
C. Brigham Co., 158 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, 

'89 Robert P. Sellew is manager of the ser- 
vice department for Wirthmore Feeds at 177 
Milk St., Boston, Mass. 

'90 Dr. Dwight W. Dickinson is a dentist 
at 80 Boylston St., Boston, Mass. 

w'92 Elbridge L. Howe is manager of per- 
sonnel. New England Dept. Store, 260 Tremont 
St., Boston, Mass. 

'94 Ira C. Green is an ice dealer in Fitch- 
burg, Mass. 

'94 Louis M. Barker is an accountant at 
575 South Station, Boston, Mass. 

'01 Percival C. Brooks is district agent for 
the Columbian National Life Insurance Co. at 
301 Olympia Bldg., New Bedford, Mass. 

'06 Edwin H. Scott is the head of the de- 
partment of agriculture and biology and dean 
of the teachers' college in Georgia State Teach- 
ers' College for Women, Milledgeville, Georgia. 

'08 Kenneth E. Gillett is building up a big 
business in the nursery line at Southwick, 
Mass. He makes a specialty of native materials, 
such as rhododendron. 

'09 Waldo D. Barlow is engaged in the life 
insurance trust business at 342 Madison Ave., 
New York City. 

w'09 Clarence A. Gates reports himself as a 
steel and wire distributor with offices at 168 
Dartmouth St., Boston, Mass. 

'10 Henry T. Cowles, while on sabbatical 
leave of absence from the Univ. of Porto Rico, 
is studying for an advance degree at the Univ. 
of Florida. He will return to Porto Rico in July. 

'10 John N. Everson is a chemist in the test 
department of the C. of Ga. Railway, Savannah, 

w'lO Allen J. Robb gives his occupation as 
salesman with office at 35 State St., Springfield, 

'10 Otto V. T. Urban is service and in- 
stallation manager for the Domestic Oil Burner 
Co., 32 East Court St., Springfield, Mass. 

w'll Harold W. Howe, who is connected 
with the Fisk Rubber Co., Chicopee Falls, Mass., 
reports that his daughter, Priscilla, is to be a 
candidate for admission to Aggie with the next 
entering class. 

'12 Carlos L. Beals is a chemist at the Navy 
Yard, Boston, Mass. 

'12 Raymond K. Clapp is agent in New 
Haven County, Conn., for the New Haven 
County Farm Bureau. 

'12 Benjamin Hubert, president of the 
Georgia State Industrial College, Savannah, 
Ga., is doing a good work toward the country 
life improvement of the negroes of Georgia. 

'13 Laurence A. Bevan recently took over 
his duties as director of the division of markets. 
State House, Boston. He has been preceded in 
this office by Willard A. Munson '05 and Fred- 
erick V. Waugh '22. 

'13 Norman J. Nichols is employed as dis- 
trict operating manager for the Beacon Oil Co., 
Inc., Box 336, Albany, N. Y.^ ' 

w'13 William F. Lane is selling for the 
Dupont-Viscoloid Co., Leominster, Mass. 

'14 Harold C. Black has opened a shop for 
dealing in garden accessories and equipment for 
landscape architects with headquarters at 
1500 Michigan Ave., Columbus, Ohio. 

'14 Arthur W. Brooks has a position as 
chemist for the Grasselli Chemical Co., Grasselli, 


'14 Charles W. Whippen is a teacher in the 
English High School, Lynn, Mass. 

'14, '16 & '25 Tell W. Nicolet '14, is head of 
the new firm of Nicolet & Griswold, Inc., land- 
scape architects and engineers, with head- 

quarters at Empije Bldg., Pittsburgh, Pa. 
Ralph C. Estes '16, is treasurer of the corpora- 
tion, and Robert J. Terapleton '25, is a member 
of the same firm, acting as field superintendent 
of operations, 

'15 Hartings N. Hartley, who is an associate 
entomologist for the U. S. Dept. of Agric, is 
now located at 716 Commerce Bldg., Erie, Pa. 

'15 Gardner M. Brooks gives his occupation 
as that of salesman. He resides at 96 Corey 
Road, Brookline, Mass. 

'15 James E. Harper is secretary of the 
Massachusetts Guernsey Breeders' Assoc, and 
editor of the Qiiernsey Bulletin. His Boston 
office is 146 Summer St. 

'15 G. Fred Hyde is a sales supervisor at 
198 Harrison Ave., Syracuse, N. Y. 

'15 Harold G. Hyde continues to practice 
landscape architecture on the side but has for 
his main employment the mechanical develop- 
ment of transformer design for the Westing- 
house Electric and Manufacturing Company, 
Masury, Ohio. 

'15 "Chet" P. Spofford, director of the 
Trade School, Haverhill, Mass., recently paid 
a visit to the campus. 

w'15 Miss Eleanor. Bisbee is a graduate 
assistant in philosophy at the Univ. of Cin- 
cinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

'16 "Bill" S. Coley is a chemistry and physics 
teacher at the Central High School, Bridgeport, 
Conn., and is principal of the Bridgeport Eve- 
ning High School. 

'16 "Ty" S. Rogers is now doing research 
and merchandising work in the building field. 
His office is at 40 East 49th St., New York City. 

'16 Ralph F. Taber is an advertising sales- 
man with offices at 30 State St., Boston, Mass. 

'17 Katharine A. Fellows is now director of 
the communitj service department of the West 
Springfield Trust Co., West Springfield, Mass. 

'17 Almon W. Spaulding, advertising mana- 
ger of the Hartford Accident and Indemnity 
Co., of Hartford, Conn., and member of the 
Alumni-Trustee Committee for Aggie's new 
Physical Education Building Project, has re- 
cently been appointed chairman of the publicity 
division of the Hartford Community Chest, Inc. 

'18 Mrs. Elizabeth Additon Speed is a 
homemaker at 242 Islington Road, Auburndale, 

'18 Camille B. Fuller is assistant manager 
of the Quincy Granite Co., West Quincy, Mass. 

'18 R. Stanley Leonard is now engaged in 
literary work with headquarters at 70 Gooch 
Street, Melrose, Mass. 

w'lS Amos L. Allen is a chemist for the 
General Electric Co., Pittsfield, Mass. 

w'18 "Herb" H. Ba.xter is engaged in the 
retail lumber business. at Charlotte, N. C. 

w'18 Charles C. Ratner is a manufacturer 
at South Hadley, Mass. 

w'18 Arthur W. Spencer has a position as a 
poultryman on Dexter estate, Manchester, Mass. 

'20 Glendon R. Derick is handling the 
landscape work for the J. Van Lindley Nurseries, 
Greensboro, N. C. 

w'20 Dr. Kenneth Blanchard, children's 
specialist, who for the past three years has been 
associated with Dr. C. G. Kerly of New York 
City, has now opened an office' of his own at 
25 So. Munn Ave., East Orange, N. J. 

'21 Herman N. Dean is a prosecuting officer 
for the M.S.P.C.A., 180 Longwood Ave., 
Boston, Mass. 

'21 Herbert L. Geer is now connected with 
the U. S. Bureau of Agric. Economics, fruit and 
vegetable marketing section, 408 Atlantic Ave., 
Boston, Mass. 

'22 Leslie D. Bent has a position as dairy 
inspector for the health department of the city 
of Montclair, N. J. 

'22 & 'w'16 Edmund T. Carey is senior 
assistant engineer for the Metropolitan District 
Water Supply Commission with headquarters 
at Enfield, Mass., working on the Ware and 
Swift River project. "Don" Dinsmore is office 
engineer on the same project. 

'22 Francis W. Hussey is a practicing land- 


'17 Edwin R. Selkregg, co-author with E. H. 
Siegler. "Life History of the Codling Moth in 
Dc-laware." In technical bulletin 42T, U.S.D.A. 

'16 Leon F. Whitney, co-author with Ells- 
worth Huntington. "The Builders of America", 
a study of the relative increases or decreases in 
various types of population in the United States. 
.F Prof Frank A. Waugh. "Lilacs You'll 
Like", an illustrated article. In the March 
1928, number of the Ladies' Home Journal. 

'13 Prof. Clark L. Thayer. "Spring Flower- 
ing Bulbs." A book dealing with the culture of 
such bulbs as crocus, narcissi and tulips, re- 
cently reported in press, is now available from 
the Orange Judd Publishing Co., New York City. 

F Prof. Ralph A. Van Meter. "Bush Fruit 
Productions". Published by Orange Judd Pub- 
lishing Co., New York City. 

'13 Prof. Oscar G. Anderson. "Stationery 
Spraying Plants", Parts I and II, in the Feb. 
and March (1928) numbers, respectively, of the 
American Fruit Gjower Magazine. "The Apple 
in Relation to Health." In Am. Fruit Grower 
April, 1928. 

F Prof. Brooks D. Drain. "Some Observa- 
tions on Mutations in Deciduous Fruits." Re- 
print from the Proceedings of the Atn. Soc. for 
Hort. Sc. 

The April, 1928 number oi Landscape Archi- 
tecture contains articles on "Planting Design" 
by Stephen F. Ham^ilin '12, and Earle S. Draper 
'15; a considerable illustrated article on Prun- 
ing and Transplanting in Florida, by Albert 
D. Taylor '05, co-author; a set of photographs 
showing some California gardens designed by 
John W. Gregg '04; two book reviews by S. F. 
Hamblin; also a notice of the summer school 
in landscape architecture at M.A.C. and a 
report that Melvin B. Borgeson, '26, has taken 
first prize in the New York City Garden Club's 
Competition for a plan for the grounds sur- 
rounding the Museum of the City of New York. 

scape architect with headquarters at 3 South 
Fourth Ave., West Reading, Pa. 

'22 & '27 Hervey F. Law and D L. Galanie 
are now working in the employ of Stiles and 
Van Kleek on landscape work at Falmouth, 

'22 H. Margaret Perry reports that she is 
hard at work as bacteriologist in the pathologi- 
cal laboratory of the Massachusetts General 
Hospital, Boston, Mass. 

'24 "Eddie" Bike, coach of the Gushing 
Academy basketball team during the past 
season, successfully moulded together an out- 
fit which won 11 out of 14 games played. 

'24 Fred Brunner, Jr., who recently made a 
successful recovery from an operation for 
appendicitis, reports from Cranberry, N. J., 
that he was one of 15 farmers out of 10,000 
potato growers in New Jersey to make the 300 
bushel U. S. No. 1 Potato Club. 

'24 H. Halsey Davis was recently elected 
director of the Brockton Pubhc Market, Inc., 
of Brockton, Mass. Following his course at 
M.A.C, Mr. Davis pursued a graduate course 
at the Harvard School of Business Administra- 
tion. His father is president of the Brockton 
Public Market, Inc. 

'24 Martha B. S. Epps is doing research 
work and may be found at 360 Prospect St., 
New Haven, Conn. 

'24 Carrol W. Hill is now practicing land- 
scape architecture with the department of city 
planning, Pittsburgh, Pa. 

'24 Wallace F. Pratt has a new address at 
State Farm, Mass., where he is employed as an 

'25 Irwin S. Sheridan and his father are 
operating a newly acquired 173 acre fruit and 
dairy farm in North Littleton, Mass. 

'26 James Bower, Jr., is practicing pedagogy 
at Dean Academy, Franklin, Mass. 

'26 Leo A. Novick is with Shefiield Arnold 
landscape architects of New York City. 



Vol. IX. 

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Amherst, Massachusetts, May 25, 1928 '=""^fs^'ond°ciasTmTtVe^''" No. 10 



Alumni Clubs Organize 

More than two hundred people representing 
the service clubs of the City of Northampton; 
Rotary, Kiwanis, Exchange, Chamber of Com- 
merce and Business and Professional Women; 
met for dinner in the New Northampton Hotel 
the other night to hear the story of i\l.A.C. and 
particularly the Physical Education Building 
Project. "Kid" Gore '13 was toastmaster and 
besides President Thatcher and Curry Hicks 
who gave the principal talks, there were Prof. 
Mackimmie; Phil Whitmore '15; and "Fred" 
Sievers, the new director of the E.xperiment 
Station; who sugar coated the pill, as "Kid" 
expressed it. It is certain that many represen- 
tive citizens of Northampton, including the 
mayor, got a clear impression of the work of 
M.A.C. and our need for a Physical Education 
Building, as a result of that meeting. At its 
close there were many ready to admit that 
Gore's threat at the beginning of the meeting 
had been accomplished and the team which he 
introduced had in fact "sold the college". 

Public Interest Grows 

This building campaign has served as a 
subject upon which the College has been "sold" 
in the past few weeks to numerous groups 
throughout the Commonwealth. President 
Thatcher has talked to Service Clubs through- 
out the State during the past few months. He 
and Curry Hicks are scheduled for others in 
the future, and arrangements are being made 
for the President to address the general assemhh' 
of the Associated Industries in the fall. As a 
result of all these contacts and the comments 
in the press, people are becoming intensch' 
interested in the College and eager for its 
welfare. It cannot help but mean brighter 
prospects for the future. 

Our first step in this present campaign is still 
incomplete. We must have the universal 
support of alumni before w'e can make our 
strongest appeal to others. The question is 
always asked, "How do the alunmi feel about 
this project?" We must answer, "They want 
this building. Witness the fact that a large 
majority have contributed as much as their 
means will permit." 

Alumni Clubs Help in Campaign 

Many alumni have agreed to serve as district 
chairmen of the campaign committee. R. L. 
Holden '17 is an outstanding volunteer in this 
capacity. At the recent meeting at Lafa>ette, 
Indiana, he journeyed all the way back home 
from Missouri to attend the meeting, and re- 
turned to his assignment in Missouri early the 
next morning. He has also oflfered to inter- 
view every alumnus in Arkansas, Colorado, 
Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, New- Mexico, Ne- 
braska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and 
Texas, in connection with the project. 

The district chairmen and committeemen for 
other localities as organized at present are: 

Boston and vicinity — Henry M. Malker '16, 
assisted by a large and loyal group of Boston 

Middlesex County — James W. Dayton '13. 




June 8-11, 1928 
Friday, June 8 — Undergraduate Day 

a. m. 
6.00 Alumni Class Suppers 

8.00 Flint Oratorical Contest, Memorial 


Saturday, June 9 — Alumni Day 

a. m. 

10.00-12.00 Meeting of Associate Alunmi, 

Memorial Hall 
p. m. 

12.00-1.30 Alumni Dinner, Draper Hall 
1.30-2.30 Class Reunions 
1.30-3.00 Band Concert and Alumni Speaking 

Program, Stockbridge Pines 
3.00 Alumni Parade 

3.30 \'arsity Baseball Game, M.A.C. vs. 

Amherst, Alumni Field 
."5.30-8.30 Fraternitv Reunions 
S.30-10.30 Dramatics, •'Twelfth iXijihl" , 
Grinnell Arena 

Sunday, June 10 — Baccalaureate Sunday 

a. m. 

0.00 Academics and X'arsity Club Break- 

fast Meetings, Draper Hall 
p. m. 

3.30 Baccalaureate Address by President 

Roscoe W. Thatcher, Bowker 

5.00 President's Reception, Rhododen- 

dron Garden 

7.00 Organ Recital by Professor Wilson 

T. Moog, Bowker Auditorium. 

Monday, June 11 — Class Day 

a. m. 
8.30 Final Militar 'nspection 

lu.30 Senior CI' s ./ Exercises 

p. m. 
2.30 Commencement Exercises, Address 

by Clark A. Fulmer, LL.D., State 
Director of Vocational Education 
for Nebraska 
S.OO Sophomore-Senior Hop, Drill Hall 

Franklin County — Philip F. Whitmore '15. 

Southeastern Massachusetts — Erford W. Poole 

Berkshire County — Harry J. Talmage '22. 

Hampden County — Parke W. Farrar '08. 

Worcester County — Glenn H. Carruth '17, 
Willard K. French '19, John J. Maginnis '18, 
and Walter B. Shaw, 2-yr. 

Hampshire County (Western section) — Fred- 
erick A. Farrar w'92, Percy W. Pickard '11, 
Roland A. Payne '14, Charles H. Gould '16, 
Ernest S. Russell '16, and Allen S. Leland '24. 

Connecticut. Hartford and vicinity — Almon W. 
Spaulding '17 and Peter J. Cascio '21. 

Illinois. Chicago and «(;ini7>'^Charles L. 
Rice '01 and Harry A. Curran '16. 

Indiana. Lafayette and vicinity — Clyde M. 
Packard '13 and Richard L. Holden '17. 
(Continued on Page 7, col. 3) 

Special Honors to '78 

Once again Father Time has clicked off 
another year. Aggie alunmi find themselves on 
the threshold of their Alma Mater, ready to 
enter in colorful throngs and to feel again the 
springing tread of youth, indulge in hearty 
handshake, reminisce, roam and rejuvenate on 
the greensward of Aggie's campus, the jewel 
spot of the Connecticut Valley, and indeed, of 
many valleys. 

Alumni Day, Saturday, June 9, eleven 
classes in full muster as may be possible will 
celebrate reunions, while the fifty-eight alumni 
classes will be represented to a total of probably 
three hundred or more. Many classes are 
planning [irograms to begin Friday evening 
June 8, and lasting through Sunday, June 10. 
The class of '78 which was gratluated just fifty 
years ago will be specially honored. 

Alumni Will Meet in Memorial Hall 

An overflow meeting is expected at the meet- 
ing of the alunmi, which begins at 10 o'clock 
Saturday morning at which the alumni will 
discuss the plans of the Associate Alumni for 
the year with special attention to the Physical 
Education Building Campaign. Oiificers and 
directors for the coming year will be elected and 
reports received. 

Alumni registration will take place in Memo- 
rial Hall. All alumni should register there upon 
arrival, and all information, including room 
reservations, may be obtained there. Class 
headquarters for all classes, except the class of 
1903, will be in Memorial Hall. 1903 is to 
"hold the fort" in Clark Hall. 

The program printed herein, tells the story 
of the many interesting events which await those 
Aggie graduates who return to the campus, 
June 8 to 11. It will, needless to say, be no 
fault of Roger W. Weeks '18, better known as 
"Rajah" the peerless fullback on the 1916 foot- 
ball team, who has been chosen Alumni Marshal, 
if those who are here June 9 are not reinvigorated 
with the Aggie spirit of former days. 

The following, in brief are notes and notices 
of many of those alumni classes which are 
planning reunions: 


Fletcher K. Barrows writes that he expects 
several of his classmates on hand June 9. 

Class Secretary, Fletcher K. Barrows, 48 High 
St.,Brattleboro, Vt. 


Special honors go to those who went out 
from Aggie half a century ago. The class 
dinner will be at the Lord Jeifery Inn at 7 p.m., 
Saturday, June 9. The class has been invited 
to be present in a body on the platform of 
Bowker Auditorium at the Commencement 
exercises. The class will lead the alumni parade, 

Class Secretary, Dr. Frederick Tuckcrman, 
Amherst, Mass. 


"100/S attendance is expected," says Herbert 
C. Bliss, class secretary. '88 will lend plenty 
of color with special class hats and coats. Class 

{Continued on Page 2, col. 3) 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, May 25, 1928 


Published monthly at Amherst, Mass. (except July and August) by the Associate Alumni of M.A.C. 
Member of The Alamni Magazines Associated 

Subscription Price 

$1.00 per year 

Included in the $3.00 dues of 

members of the Associate 


Entered as second class matter, March 17 
1920. at the Postoffice at Amherst, Mass. 
under the Acta of March 3, 1879. 

Linus H. Jones '16, Chairman 


Roland H. Verbeck '08 
■William L. Doran '15 
Marshall O. Lanphear '18 
Earle S. Carpenter '24 
Miss Mary Foley '24 
Elmer E. Barber '25 
Calton O. Cartvvright '27 
Philip F. Whitmore '15, ex officio 
William I. Goodwin '18, ex officio 

Address all communications to The Alumni Office, M. A. C, Amherst, Mass. 



William S. Potter '76 

William S. Potter '76, passed away at the 
family home at Lafayette, Indiana, on May 3, 
at the age of 73. He was a native of Lafayette 
and one of the first out-of-state men to enroll 
at M.A.C, being attracted here, as he said, by 
its unusual opportunities for out-of-door life. 
As an undergraduate he took an active part in 
all student affairs, being captain of varsity 
baseball, class president and a member of the 
glee club. His fraternity was D.G.K., which 
later became Kappa Sigma. 

Upon graduation from college, Mr. Potter 
studied law and was admitted to the bar in 
187S. For twenty years he was a member of 
the law firm of Rice and Potter, one of the most 
prominent and successful firms in northern 
Indiana. Upon the death of Air. Rice in 1901 
he continued the practice of law alone until his 
impaired health forced him to retire. He was 
an authority on the law of real property. Be- 
sides law he was interested in land development 
and banking. For many years he was director 
and vice-president of the National Fowler Bank 
of Lafayette. Mr. Potter was married in 1885 
to Miss Fanny W. Peck of Troy, Pa., who sur- 
vives him. He also leaves one son, George and 
three grandchildren. 

Carlton Cragg Gowdey '08 

Carlton Cragg Gowdey '08, assistant ento- 
mologist for the Imperial Department of Agri- 
culture for the British West Indies died March 
19, 1928, after an illness of six weeks at King- 
ston, Jamaica, B.W.I. An illness developing 
into blood poisoning was the cause of his death. 
Mr. Gowdey was born December 12, 1883 at 
Barbadoes, W.I. He received his preUminary 
schooling on the islands and at Harrison College. 
In 1904 he entered M.A.C, graduating with 
the class of 1908, of which he was a class officer. 
He was a thorough student, being elected to 
membership in the Phi Kappa Phi society and 
he was also a member of the CS.C 

In 1908 he was selected as economic entomolo- 
gist of British East Africa with headquarters at 
Nairobi in the Province of Uganda, and a year 
later acted as officer in charge of the scientific 
department of that colony. While stationed here 
he was one of the official group to welcome 
Theodore Roosevelt when that former chief 
executive passed through that locality on his 
famous African tour. In 1922 he was appointed 
entomologist on the staff of the agricultural 
department of Jamaica. 

Mr. Gowdey was a very capable officer and 
entomologist. Among his principal contribu- 
tions to science are his "Catalogue of the In- 
sects of Jamaica", "The Principal Agricultural 
Pests of Jamaica" and "Uganda Insect Pests". 
He sent thousands of insect specimens to the 
British Museum and is in a large measure re- 
sponsible for the extraordinary collection of 
insects common to Jamaica and Uganda which 
are a part of the collection at M.A.C. Mr. 
Gowdey gave particular attention to the Coc- 
cidae of tropical countries. 

High School Day Brings 1000 

Once more the high school youngsters, teach- 
ers and friends throughout the State have had 
an opportunity on May 4 and 5 to swarm over 
Aggie's campus and enjoy themselves as the 
guests of the College, and they took advantage 
of the chance to the number of nearly 1000. 
Contests of numerous sorts were held, most of 
them on Friday afternoon, and prizes were 
awarded at the entertainment on Saturday 
night. A novel feature of the program this 
year was a prize speaking contest for high school 
vocational students, won by Edward Cutting, a 
senior in the Worcester North High School. 
Agawam High won the poultry judging, and 
Norfolk County Agricultural School the fruit 
judging, while Sanderson Academy took honors 
in the livestock judging. The literary competi- 
tion for the students brought cash prizes to 
four young writers of poetry and prose. 

Roy K. Patch w'13 Elected Mayor 
of Beverly 

A name familiar to many Aggie alumni has 
again been brought into prominence, by the 
recent election of Roy K. Patch w'13, to the 
office of mayor of Beverly, Mass. As a former 
president of the board of aldermen of Beverly, 
he showed his political ability and was there- 
fore without opposition for his present office. 

Mr. Patch is probably more widely known 
for his singing than for his political views, as 
he has appeared in many concerts in and around 
Boston, and in the last few years has enter- 
tained many times over the radio. 

After the war, in which he ser\'ed 14 months 
overseas, he went into the real estate and 
insurance business for himself but later accepted 
an offer with S. H. Stone Ins. Co. of Beverly, 
and is now a member of the firm. He is a mem- 
ber of the Chamber of Commerce, Masons and 
American Legion. 

Prof. C. S. Plumb '82 Has 

Taught Agriculture Nearly 50 Years 

Professor Charles S. Plumb '82, head of the 
department of Animal Husbandry at Ohio 
State University, has completed nearly fifty 
years in the service of teaching agriculture. 

He has taught three years in the University 
of Tennessee, twelve years at Purdue Univer- 
sity, and twenty-six years at Ohio State. 

He is a leader in the field of animal husbandry 
and has published many books and articles of 
worth. Some of the best known are: 

"Types a?id Breeds of Farm Animals." 1906. 

"Beginnings in Animal Husbandry." 1912. 

"Juding Farm Ajiimals." 1916. 

" Marketing Farm Animals." 1927. 

Because of his comparative youth and his 
brilliancy in his field of endeavor, it is clear that 
he had an outstanding career ahead of him. 
Only recently an article appeared in the Alumni 
Bulletin over his signature regarding the life of 
Prof. H. A. Ballou '95. 

He is survived by a wife, a Massachusetts 
girl; two sons and a brother, the latter being a 
well known physician in Montreal, Canada. 


(Continued from Page 1) 
banquets at Bates Inn, North Amherst at 6.30 
p. m., Friday, June 8. Special reservations 
have been made for the class at the M. A. C.- 
Amherst baseball game. 

Class Secretary, Herbert C. Bliss, 32 Bales 
Block, Attleboro, Mass. 


Another 100^, (twelve members of the class 
with families) is the goal set by Willis S. Fisher, 
class secretary. Class banquet at Bates Inn, 
North Amherst, Saturday, June 9, at 6 p. m. 

Class Secretary, Willis S. Fisher, 108 Ontario 
St., Providence, R. I. 


With an effective reunion committee which 
has been at work on plans for the '03 celebra- 
tion since last fall, indications point toward a 
most successful affair for the "quarter-century" 
class. The class banquet will be at the Lord 
Jeflery Inn, Saturday, June 9, at 6.30 p. m. 
Class headquarters will be in Clark Hall. 

Class Secretary, Gerry D. Jones, North Amherst, 

'OS's twentieth reunion will be one long re- 
membered if advance publicity counts. The 
Kolony Klub House, 73 Pleasant St., is re- 
served for those who require single sleeping 
quarters. The alumni parade will see them in 
a blaze of oriental color. The class luncheon 
will be in the Kolony Klub House at 6 p. m., 
Saturday, June 9. 

Class Secretary, Miss Olive May Turner, 
M.A.C, Amherst, Mass. 
Class headquarters. Memorial Hall, June 9. 
Class banquet, June 9, Draper Hall, for 7nen 
only. Ladies may attend dramatics. Class 
dinner, June 10 (noon) with ladies and children. 
Place to be announced. 

Members of '09 are responding splendidly to 
the call for return to Aggie on June 9 and 10. 
There will be a large percent of the class back. 
Some will return for the first time since gradu- 

Do not miss this opportunity of getting to- 
gether again and do not disappoint those who 
are expecting to see you. 

Committee: A. W. Hubbard; R. C Linblad; 
D. J. Caffrey; 5. S. Crossman, Secretary, 29 
Pearl St., Melrose Highlands, Mass. 
'13 Reunion Headquarters, Memorial Hall. 
'13 Reunion, Saturday, June 9, 1.30-2.30 p.m.. 
Memorial Hall. 

'13 Ladies' get-together, Saturday, June 9, at 
5.30 p. m. at the Amherst Woman's Club. 

'13 Lawn Party — Feed — Get-together, Sun- 
day, June 10, at 11 a. m. Communications to 
Paul Serex, M.A.C, Amherst, Mass. 

Class Secretary, Benj. W. Ellis, Conn. Agri. 
Coll., Storrs, Conn. 

A REUNION! Yea, that's what! A blaze 
of blue and white, and — Oh yes — that hat. 
Wait 'till you see it! 

Friday evening — Smoker top o' North Col- 
lege. _ _ 

Saturday — Registration, class tree dedication 
and finally the banquet, Northampton Hotel, 
6 p. m. (stag). 

Sunday — Memorial Service for '18's war 
dead, Memorial Hall, 8 a. m. Class Family 
Picnic on Mt. Pleasant, 12.30 p. m. 

Class Secretary, Marshall 0. Lanphear, Dean's 
Office, M.A.C, Amherst, Mass. 
1923 ATTENTION! How about a real bang- 
up five-year get-together this Commencement! 
Are you with us on June 9? The "gang" will 
be there. 

Class Secretary, Luther B. Arrington, Horti- 
culture Dept., State College, Pa. 

(Continued on Page 7. col. 1) 



In awarding the Academics Conspicuous 
Service Tropliy, Dean Machmer made tlie 
following statement: 

The Academics Conspicuous Service Trophy 
is awarded annually by the Academics Activities 
Board to insure public recognition of what, in 
the judgment of the Board, has been the out- 
standing contribution to the promotion of 
Academic Activities during the current year 
(from April to April). That contribution was 
this year adjudged to be the very great im- 
provement in the morale of the Collegian staff. 
This improvement has found expression in the 
fine loyalt> of the senior delegation, the faith- 
ful and regular co-operation of all members of 
the Board, and a new assurance and pride in 
the bearing of the Collegian upon the campus. 
It has also found e.xpression in the paper itself, 
particularly in the special numbers, ihe novelty 
features, and the editorial leadership. The 
Academics Board recognize that credit for this 
improvement belongs to the whole senior dele- 
gation, including Mr. Wilder of the business 
department, but they believe that special honor 
belongs to the editor-in-chief, and hence they 
have awarded this trophy to Mr. Ernest l.eavitt 
Spencer, of the senior class. 



June 10 9:30 a. m. 

75c a plate 

Minus a Cup 

When the Academics Board put some fifty- 
odd dollars in a trophy to be awarded to the 
winner of the newly established inter-fraternity 
singing contest it was announced that three 
wins would establish permanent possession. 
That was three years ago, and Phi Sigma 
Kappa has won the cup. We shall not gel caught 
so easily as that again. Let it not be thought, 
however, that the contest is a run-away. Nearly 
all of the fraternities competed this yea; . and 
several gave a very excellent exhibition indeed. 
And while the judges were out, the whole 
assembly gave the finest demonstration of 
Aggie singing that we have ever heard. 

College Memories 

It is June time in the Old Bay State, 
And my college fair to see. 
From o'er the years calls loud and clear, 
"Come back once more to me". 

Back o'er the days with memories bright 
To that valley among the hills. 
From its cherished halls my classmates call 
Till my heart with gladness thrills. 

As I sit and brood, in memory's eye 
Appear those scenes of old. 
And methinks I hear, in the distance, clear, 
The songs of our college bold. 

The chapel appears, its ivied tower 

A landmark against the sky, 

With its bell so sweet whose call rings out 

As if it were very nigh. 

And the pond I see like a gem incased 
Midst the campus, cool and green. 
With its nearby elms lifting sleepy heads 
In a place with peace serene. 

Now voices call, and I must heed, 
Voices of long ago. 

They shout and sing till the welkin rings 
With the words that I, too, k/iow. 

There are Mac and Bert and dear old Ken, 
How clear their faces seem! 
Can it be so long since I clasped their hands 
With our happy eyes abeam? 

Ah, yes, 'tis long; but this I know 
That till memory, too, shall cease, 
I shall wander back to that valley cool 
And find there rest and peace. 

Franklin Winter Marsh '15 
(From Springfield Union and Republican, June 
13, 1926.) 

Academics Alumni Breakfast 

The annual Academics breakfast will be held 
Sunday, June 10, at 9 a. m. in Draper Hall, 
upstairs dining room. If you are interested in 
.'\cademic activities you are invited to attend. 
If you were a participant in such activities as 
an undergraduate you are urged to attend. It 
is always a delightfully intimate and informal 
occasion, and it costs you only 75 cents. Presi- 
dent Thatcher has accepted our invitation to 
be our special guest and will speak briefly. 
Honorary Academics medals will be presented 
to two very popular Academics men of other 
days, and they too will respond. The SlOO 
song contest committee will report, and quite 
possibly will award the prize. "Charley" Gould 
will preside, and Dean JMachmer will represent 
the Board. 

Bill Doran Aboard 

When Sidney Haskell went over to the enemy 
it became necessary to reorganize the Academics 
.Activities Board. The Dean resumed his ancient 
seat at the head of the table and "Bill" Doran 
was appointed by the Alumni committee to help 
"Gyp" Goodwin represent their interests in 
discussion. However it has been a tranquil 
>ear with few meetings, although we did put 
in a couple of sessions on the question whether 
or not we should reaffirm our faith in the so- 
called activities schedule, initiated by President 
Butterfield, by virtue ol which we confine our 
mid-week meetings to evenings after S p. m. 
and take iirecedence to all other activities, 
faculty or student, during that period. We 
decided that the advantages of the plan still 
greatly outnumber its inconveniences and voted, 
all but unanimously, to reaffirm. 

A Playing Coach 

IVIid-season, when the old problem of a dance 
orchestra was creating unprecedented diffi- 
culties, we hit upon a possible solution — the 
securing of a playing coach, a man to take over 
the whole project of keeping a little group of 
nmsicians together, helping them to prepare 
both concert and dance numbers, playing with 
them, and becoming our faculty representative 
on trips. We were fortunate in finding a good 
man to assume this job, Dr. Cubbon, and we 
are looking forward with comfort and optimism 
to another season. 

Students Too 

The two outstanding seniors in scholarship 
this year have been Harold Clark and Maxwell 
Goldberg, both of whom have won first honors 
every term and the former of whom received the 
Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship. Clark, w'hile win- 
ning the scholarship, was editor-in-chief of the 
Index and associate editor of the Collegian. 
Goldberg this year has been president of the 
Roister Doisters and captain of debating. 

The Roister Doisters 


an Elizabethan representation 


TweUth Night 


the Grinnell Arena 

June 9, 8.30 P. M. 

Reservations 75c and $1.00 


With Toot and Tune 

Alumni sometimes say that the Musical 
Clubs aren't as good as they used to be. Well, 
they never were. 

Actually they prepare themselves faithfully 
and intelligently and present a very creditable 
program. This year, under the leadership of 
"Red" Marsh and the managership of "Red" 
Morrison, they appeared in Leeds, Hatfield, 
Florence, Belchertown, Concord, Hyannis, 
Greenfield, Brimfield, Wilbraham, Stafford ancl 
Amherst. In Amherst they appeared in con- 
junction with the Girls' Glee Club as part of 
our Social Union Course, and were most happily 
assisted by Roy Patch, alunmi tenor, from 
Beverly. Mr. (Leonard) Morrison is again 
manager next season and wishes to urge alumni 
to remember our organization when their local 
entertainment committees begin to work for 
next year. 

A word of praise is due to Mrs. Beaumont, 
the coach, whose patience, enthusiasm, and 
musical gifts have given to the clubs an effective 


As a result of a move by the Senate to secure 
a more representative personnel without chang- 
ing the processes of election, two of the seven 
new members recently chosen are Academics 
men. They are "Shep" Cleaves, editor of the 
Collegian, and Eric Singleton, also a member of 
•that board. 


Of the seven juniors to make Adelphia, we 
didn't fare so well, "Shep" Cleaves being the 
only Academics man to qualify. Among the 
ten seniors, however, honored on a sort of post 
mortem basis, we got four: Barnard of the 
Collegian, Goldberg of Roister Doisters and 
debating, Spencer of the Collegian, and Wilder 
of the Collegian. 


There still seems to be a lively interest 
among debaters, even if there isn't very much 
interest in them. Our Aggie team, led by 
"Max" Goldberg and coached by Mr. Prince, 
has completed a series of six debates as follows: 
victories over S|)ringfield and Maine, defeats 
by Colby and Clark, and unjudged discussions 
with Middlebury and Vermont. 


The yearbook reached the campus earlier 
this year than ever before within the editor's 
memory. It runs largely to verse, the junior 
write-ups being rhymed, and there appearing 
throughout the book several very fair lyrics, 
mostly by girls. The book is dedicated to the 
Humanities and to Mr. Mackimmie, who is 
head of the group of instructors so designated. 
If you wish a copy (S3. 00), Mr. Prcscott Young, 
manager, can doubtless provide. 

The Newspaper 

The story of the Collegian is largely told by 
the Conspicuous Service Trophy award. Cei'- 
tainly it has been read with a new respect and 
interest this year. Those who already know the 
news still like the editorials, Harold Clark's 
Bull Fen, and The Outstanding Performance of 
the Week. Some of the special numbers have 
been much praised. Twice the Collegian sacri- 
ficed discretion to valor in the matter of criti- 
cism unnecessarily personal, largely to the 
delight of those undergraduates who enjoy a 
row. And it must be admitted that the some- 
what objectionable items won readers more 
than they lost them. The Collegian at about 
6c a copy is a pretty good investment for you_ 

Completely Out-oF-date 

The Roister Doisters are not only not keep- 
ing up with the times, they are actually losing 
ground; and the Commencement Play, which 
(Continued on Page 4 col. 2) 



We often argue that more than athletics 
academics train a man for recreational activi- 
ties in later life. Though he lives to be a hundred 
he can, and will, still sing, and play the sax, and 
act, and orate, and draw pictures, and write, 
and his undergraduate exercises along these 
lines enhance his skill and enjoyment. If this 
assumption is true, why shouldn't we have a 
roomful at the Academics Breakfast on Com- 
mencement Sunday to bear eloquent and happy 
testimonial to the same? 

There are over 125 undergraduates who have 
completed at least one academics project during 
the year, and many of them have completed two. 
There are about 75 other men and women who 
have taken part in these projects but because of 
inadequate talent or scholastic ineligibility have 
been unable to earn credit in them. That means 
that almost half the studpnts are enjoying the 
benefits of organized aesthetic self-expression. 
And what is that if not education? 

There are five academics coaches: for glee 
club, orchestra, debating, managership and 
dramatics. They receive some pay, but in 
every instance they give freely of their time far 
beyond the provisions of our budget for their 
compensation. The Index, which once delayed 
publication for over a week in order to include 
the customary picture of the athletic coaches, 
has never printed theirs. The student body in 
general simply assume them, for better or worse, 
like the New England weather. But the men 
and women immediately concerned are usually 
most appreciative, and fine friendships result. 

It must not be assumed that the rivalry be- 
tween academics and athletics is ever anything 
other than a friendly and good-natured effort 
to excel each other for common ends. We have 
received nothing but courtesy and co-operation 
from the athletic directors. We make our 
public awards together. We work hand in 
hand wherever our interests overlap. The 
Collegian was quick to turn its year's balance 
into the Physical Education Building Fund. 
After all we are both trying to do the same 
thing, and each glories in the success of the 

We have never quite forgiven the last ad- 
ministration, however, for turning the mid- 
winter alumni day over to the Amherst game, 
and we strongly urge that it may be returned 
to the calendar under the name Fraternity Day. 
Let us make more of the professional lunches, 
which cannot be combined with the excitement 
of a great football game. Let us have an alumni 
meeting and social hour in the morning. Let us 
have a basketball game and the Interfraternity 
Sing in the afternoon. And in the evening the 
banquets! Fraternity Day! Why not? 

Sopranos and the Like 

There ought to have been more girls singing 
in their glee club this winter. We all admit 
that. Consummated or contemplated engage- 
ments (matrimonial) partly explain the dearth. 
The sophomore course of study is said to be 
partly to blame. 

This season's club, however, thanks to the 
energetic management of Miss Dorothea 
Williams, have sung in North Amherst, Enfield, 
Williamsfjurg, Amherst (twice), Northampton, 
Pelham, Leverett, South Deerfield, Whately, 
and, crowning adventure, Norton, Mass. This 
is the first time that the girls have taken an 
overnight trip, and the worst fears of the ante- 
war, anti-co-ed alumni would seem to be rea- 
lized. After the Social Union program the two 
clubs held a very pleasant little private dance 
in Memorial Hall. You couldn't do that in the 
olden days. 


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all semi-humanistic alumni should make an 
effort to see, is to be a sixteenth century comedy 
called Tiveljlh Night, and is to be presented as 
nearly as is artistically possible in the manner 
and spirit of the Elizabethans. Hence it is 
being staged in the Grinnell Arena, and those 
who have not secured a desirable, though un- 
padded, seat in one of the "galleries", will have 
to do the best they can, with or without a milk- 
ing stool, in the "pit". In the 1590's the same 
building was sometimes used alternatively for 
plays and for bull-baiting; it would seem there- 
fore that the atmosphere of the Grinnell Arena 
ought to be just about right. 

Of course the production is a compromise. 
The Roister Doisters prefer to have a good 
time rather than to be historically correct in 
every detail. And so, having some lovely girls 
in the society, they are not going to entrust the 
feminine parts to untrained boys. And, realiz- 
ing that Curry Hicks could hardly be expected 
to play Amherst by lamplight, they have 
abandoned the Elizabethan matinee and are 
putting on their play under electric lights. Such 
violations may indeed make the judicious grieve, 
but we are all low-brow at Commencement 
time, and after all "the play's the thing". 

The Youngest 

The Roister Doisters gave two performances 
of The Yotmgest, Phillip Barry's pleasant 
comedy, one before a crowded house on High 
School Day and the other before a very small 
house on the eve of the prom. Both audiences 
were apparently highly entertained, and on the 
prom date the troupe did an unusually excellent 
piece of work. But the play, for reasons undis- 
coverable, proved a poor drawing card both in 
Amherst and for the road and the Roister 
Doisters were disappointed in the lack of 
interest on the part of the general public. 

The Revue 

The Aggie revue, however, largely the work 
of Maxwell Goldberg, offering a variety program, 
filled the hall to capacity and gave the cus- 
tomary satisfaction. 

The Movie 

To those interested in the considerably tooted 
movie of Aggie life and particularly to those 
who, like Curry Hicks, stood twice before the 
tell-tale lens, it should be said that the scenario 
and the photography were completed last fall 
and the Alumni Office have the films, pending 
their final assemblage. Unfortunately the Phy- 
sical Education Building drive has made it 
necessary to side-trdck the picture indefinitely, 
and no further promises are offered. 

People Walking By 

I can see them in my dreams. 

People walking by. 
Up and down the long, dull streets. 

Paved with destiny 
Whence so many? For what end? 

Vain to wonder why; 
People walking up the streets, 

People walking by. 

I can see them in my dreams. 

People walking by, 
A sad face here, a bright face there, 

Laughter and a sigh ; 
I look at them, they look at me, 

Still there's no reply; 
People walking down the streets. 

People walking by. 

Faith Packard '29 
from The Index 


Russell Noyes is completing his second year 
of graduate study in English at Harvard, but 
plans to knock off for a bit and earn the neces- 
sary funds for his doctorate. 

"Eddie" Connell writes that his thesis in 
English 66 is to appear in the July number of 
Landscape Architecture, properly illustrated by 
Rodger Chamberlain. 

"Red" Nottebaert has been having all kinds 
of unpleasant experiences in South America, 
among them being a desperate case of appendi- 
citis for which he had to be operated upon 
without ether. 

"Red" Emery called upon us in the early 
spring, on his way back South to rejoin his 
circus. "Red" is a clown, and says he is having 
a lovely time so long as his teammates remain 
in ignorance of the fact of his ever having been 
to college. 

"Bob" Martin sent in a very professional 
appearing theatre program from Des Moines, 
said program containing his name among the 
cast for The Great Divide. 

"Herb" Harris, teaching English in the 
Quimper Normal School, France, writes home 
from London to say that the best theatric pro- 
duction he has ever seen was The Way of the 
World in that city. Five years or so ago "Bob" 
Martin wrote us an almost identical letter. 

The Landscape Gardening Bulletin tells us 
that "Jack" Smith, the first Roister Doister to 
play against a co-ed, is still with the movies at 

Emil Corwin succeeds "Jimmie" Batal on 
the staff of the Springfield Republican, and 
Aggie interests are still safe-guarded in that 
crucial corner of the world. 

Bena Erhard Suzan entertained the Musical 
Clubs waj down on the Cape last winter. 

"Bill ' Dole is teaching English in the New 
Hampton Academy, New Hampshire. 

Wasn't it this year that we congratulated 
"Eddie" and Marion Slack Ingraham upon the 
arrival of an Aggie prospect? 

Our last report from "Dick" Wendell, at 
Wooster College, was to the effect that he 
planned to go back to Harvard next fall to 
complete his work toward a doctorate, in 

Carl Bogholt is teaching philosophy in the 
Meiklejohn Experimental College at the Univ. 
of Wisconsin. We may not teach philosophy 
at M.A.C., but we produce philosophers. 
C.f. — Torrey. 

The head of the English department at Michi- 
gan State College says that Kenneth Randall is 
showing a real flair for advanced writing classes 
and that the department is doing everything it 
can to encourage his work. 

Marshall Lanphear is assistant dean at the 
College and doing what he can to humanize 
freshman agriculture. But don't twit him about 
his garden (he planted it too early). 

Neil Robinson, who swore he would never 
play another Shaw, crops up as the lead in The 
Man of Destiny in Arlington. 

"Slip" Loud, never quite eligible for dramatics 
in college, is rapidly becoming the most parental 
of teachers and recently played the English lord 
in So This is London. 

Roy Patch has sung his way into the mayor- 
ality of Beverly. 

We had dinner with Eliot Dodge in Oxford 
last summer. He took courses at Cambridge 
and came back to his old job at Bellows Falls 
in the fall. That's rather good — falls in the fall. 

Ruth Putnam Snyder has plenty of cradle 
duties here in Amherst. 

Peggy Shea has been coaching a play up 
close to the Canadian line, and getting paid for it. 

John Lambert writes that he is taking courses 
at the University of Vermont summer school 
and teaching at Greensboro, Vt., next year, 
taking a day off sometime during the season to 
be married. 



At the time of the Semi-Centennial celebra- 
tion in 1921, about forty alumni, members of 
varsity teams, were called together at a supper 
in Draper Hall to discuss athletics. At that 
time it was decided that a varsity club be 
formed to afford an opportunity for alumni 
interested in "Aggie" athletics to get together 
on grounds of common interest. Since the 
organization of the club in 1921, successful get. 
togethers have been 
held annually at Com- 

Sunday Breakfast 

At last year's Com- 
mencement, eighty- 
seven sat down to the 
breakfast on Sunday 
morning in Draper 
Hall with A. VV. Spaul- 
ding ' 17 as toast master. 
The '82 and '87 foot- 
ball classes, 'Hand '14 
hockey teams, '13 
baseball club, '17 bas- 
ketball team, and '26 
crosscountry team had 
prominent places on 
the program and many 
interesting incidents in 
regard to these were re- 
called. Prof. Curry S. 
Hicks gave a very in- 
teresting picture of the 
repairs to be made to 
the present Drill Hall 
and also the need for a 
new physical education 
building. The out- 
standing event of the 
meeting was the pre- 
sentation of the "M" 

certificate by Pre si- 

dent Lewis to the members of the football 
classes of 1882 and 1887. 

The greatest achievement of the club during 
the past year has been the publishing of the 
first chapter of "Kid" Gore's "History of 
Football at Mass. Aggie". This first chapter is 
devoted to the beginnings of the game here at 
M.A.C. up through the season of 1881. Copies 
of this chapter are available from the secretary 
at 25c per copy. As soon as the treasury is sub- 
stantially on its feet again the next chapter will 
be published. 

207 Members 

Membership in the Varsity Club is open to 
all men who have been awarded their "M" in 
any form of athletics and to those who played 
on any team before the "M" became the in- 
signia. The membership in the club has in- 
creased from 141 members to 207 during the 
past year, yet there are still 750 other eligible 
men who are entitled to a life membership by 
sending the secretary $1.00. There is no reason 
why this club should not be a powerful stimulus 
for good things at Aggie, and the larger its mem- 
bership the more activities it can enter upon; 

Club Officers 

President— R. P. Holmes 'IS 
First Vice-President — S. D. Foot '78 
Second Vice-President — F. S. Cooley '88 
Third Vice-President — J. S. Eaton '98 
Fourth Vice-President — C. P. Halligan '03 
Secretary and Treasurer — E. S. Carpenter '24 
Executive Committee: — H. M. Gore '13, R. D. 
Hawley '18, W. I. Goodwin '18, P. B. Dowden 
'23, G. R. Cobb '08, C. F. Ross '25, T. V. 
Henneberry '27. 




Program of interest to every alumnus 
interested in the development of ath- 
letics at M.A.C. from the early SO's to 
the present day. 

The 1887 Football Team 



It is with keen regret that the authorities at 
M.A.C. announce the resignation of Robert D. 
Mohor, who was to have substituted for head 
coach Gore next fall in football, but, on the 
other hand, alunmi will be pleased to hear of 
the appointment of Charles R. (Chick) McGeoch 
'25, former M.A.C. and Mount Hermon star, 
who will take over the coaching reins of the 
gridiron sport for one year. McGeoch will act 
as field coach next fall, while "Kid" Gore is 
taking over many of the duties of Professor 
Hicks, who is devoting most of his time to the 
campaign for the New Physical Education 

Has Valuable Experience 

McGeoch has been at Salisbury School in 
Connecticut ever since his graduation from 
Aggie in 1925 and in the capacities of master 
and assistant coach of athletics. This little 
Nutmeg private school has an enviable repu- 
tation in athletics and under the guidance of 
head coach John Myers, former Gettysburg 
star, the records of its teams have placed it 
among the leaders. 

McGeoch's record in football at Aggie is one 
of brilliance. As a sophomore fullback he helped 
to win five out of eight games which included 
victories over Amherst 10 to 6, Connecticut and 
New Hampshire. His junior year was a build- 
ing year for Aggie. Starting his senior >ear 
McGeoch was shifted from fullback to half- 
back from which position his ability to puncture 
opposing lines on the off-tackle play which he 
really made famous, made him one of the best 
ground gainers in M.A.C. football history. 
During the 1924 season McGeoch was one of 
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The annual Varsity Club breakfast meeting 
will be held Sunday morning, June 10, 1928, at 
9 o'clock in Draper Hall with a program featur- 
ing the development of athletics at M.A.C. 
This is to be the best meeting ever and every- 
one interested in the new Physical Education 
Building and Aggie athletics should plan to be 
present. H. C. Bliss, 
of the class of 1888, 
will be toastmaster. 

The Program 

The tentative pro- 
gram follows: 

1. Award of Certifi- 
cates to Football Men 
of the Class of 1888. — 
The following men 
made up the majority 
of the 1887 team and 
played on the '86 team 
which participated in 
the first Tufts game in 
history and incidently 
the first Aggie victory 
over Tufts: 

F. S. Cooley '88, F. 
H. Foster '88, J. E. 
Holt '88, B. B. Moore 
'88, F. F. Noyes '88, 
Thomas Rice '88, B. 
Luther Shiner '88, who 
was captain of the '87 
team and during his 
four years of Aggie 
football was the only 
member of the class of 
'88 to play on the '85 
team which was re- 
puted to be the best 
team up to that time. 

The '85 team defeated 

.'\nilierst twice and tied them once. Dr. G. W. 
Culler w'8S was a good boxer and also played 
on the Rollo-pollo team which defeated Amherst 
for tlie local championship. 

2. Reminiscencesof Athletics and the New Drill 
Hall. — Charles H. Preston '83, who will be back 
for his 45th class reunion, will give this talk. 
His son Charles P. Preston '28 was captain of 
the '27 cross-country team. 

3. Aggie Athletics During My College Days. 
Charles P. Halligan '03, who was captain of the 
'02 team, was one of the best tackles Aggie 
ever had. During this -time Aggie had her best 
five or six years of good teams. 

4. One of the Greatest, if not the Greatest 
Aggie Athlete, George M. Cobb '08.- — Samuel 
S. Grossman '09, who was a football and track 
man, and who has been chairman of the Alumni 
Advisory Football Committee for the past 
seven years will speak on Aggie's great athlete, 
George R. Cobb, who will be back for his 
twentieth reunion, played four years of varsity 
football, baseball and basketball. He was a 
good pitcher, drop-kicker and out-punted the 
famous Burr of Harvard. He did not miss a 
single game during his four years of Aggie 

5. Athletics at M.A.C. During the War 
Period. — Stephen M. Richardson '18, who was 
captain of hockey and played baseball and 
football while at college. 

6. Aggie Athletics in the War. — Robert P. 
Holmes '18, who was one of the best if not the 
best Aggie tackle since the war. He was line 
coach for one or two years and is a member of 
the Alumni Advisory Football Committee. 

7. The Present Day Need of Physical Edu- 
cation. — Randall D. Warden, who was manager 
of the '97 team which won the New England 
Athletic League championship of New England 
State Colleges, a league established in 1897. He 

(Continued on Page 6 col. 1) 




During the past month the varsity baseball 
team has played five games. On April 30, 
Wesleyan emerged victorious by a 5 to 2 score. 
Hall pitched a good brand of ball for Aggie, 
and Nitkiewicz's homer was a feature of the 
game. On May 3, Springfield defeated Aggie 
by a 7. to 3 score. The game was all Aggie's 
until the eighth inning. Zielinski pitched his 
first varsity game and held the opposing team 
to one hit until the hectic eighth inning, when 
Springfield staged a five-run rally to win. 

The varsity defeated Worcester Tech by a 
6 to 4 score on May 5. Hall allowed only four 
hits and fanned sixteen opponents. The club 
bunched hits in the fourth, sixth, seventh and 
eighth innings to score six runs. Worcester 
staged a rally in the ninth inning which fell 
short by two runs. On May 8, the varsity lost 
a close game to Clark University. The team 
was unable to bunch their hits and as a result 
Clark was victor by a 2 to 1 score. 

The team received the first shut-out of the 
season on the 14th. Bowie pitched a good game 
for Aggie, but his teammate's hits were not 
bunched effectively. New Hampshire was vic- 
torious by a 3 to score; the Tufts game was 
cancelled on account of rain, and at Williams- 
town Aggie lost by a 14 to 6 score on the 22nd. 


The varsity track team was outclassed by 
the strong Wesleyan team on a muddy field on. 
April 28. "Stan" Hall was high scorer of the 
meet, getting 12 points with a first in the broad 
jump, second in the half-mile and the javelin 
throw, and a tie for second in the high jump. 
Considerable improvement was shown in the 
hurdles, with "Los" Elliot winning the 200-yard 
lows and placing second in 120-yard highs. 
Captain Newell Schappelle easily won the mile 
race but developed a cramp during the two 
mile race and was forced to take a second 
place. "Andy" Coukos won the shot-put. The 
final score was 97 to 38. 

Trinity met defeat by a score of 66 to 60 on 
May 5. For the first time this season Aggie was 
superior in the track events and about equal 
with its opponent in the field competition. 
"Los" Elliot was in good form to win both the 
high and low hurdles, and Webber tied for 
second in the latter. Kelly showed up well in 
the dashes, winning the 220 and taking third in 
the 100. Webber was second in this race. 
Roper and Schappelle had easy raced to place 
first and second, respectively, in the mile run. 
Schappelle also won the half-mile and Robert- 
son took second. Hall won the javelin throw, 
while Coukos won the discus and placed second 
in the shot-put. Blomquist won the pole vault 
and Webber finished second in the broad jump. 

On May 12th, eight men accompanied Coach 
Derby to Worcester for the Eastern Inter- 
collegiate track meet. Webber was the only 
point scorer of the group when his last leap tied 
Mattheson of Springfield for fourth place in the 
broad jump. In the other events Aggie failed 
to place, although entered in the finals in several. 

Spring Football 

About thirty candidates have been reporting 
regularly, twice each week, for the spring ses- 
sions of footbaU. On May 15, "Chick" McGeoch, 
who will coach the '28 team, handled the squad 
and gave a talk in the evening on the plans for 
next fall. The fall practice will begin on Septem- 
ber 10. 


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is now director of recreation and physical edu- 
cation in the public schools of Newark, N. J. 

8. The New Physical Education Building. — 
Prof. Curry S. Hicks, for seventeen years head 
of Aggie's department of physical education 
and vice-chairman of the Physical Education 
Building Campaign Committee, will tell you 
what physical education with proper equipment 
really means. 


"Eddie" Bike '24, whose basketball team 
made an enviable record during his first season 
at Gushing Academy, is coaching track at Gush- 
ing this spring. 

Howard Gordon '23, who has been at Wal- 
pole High for several years as athletic director, 
will be the new coach at Stoneham, Mass., 
next fall. Stoneham folks are much interested 
in hockey and "Doc" is expected to put ice 
hockey back on the map again at the school. 

Lewis H. Black '27 has been teaching school 
this winter. "Lewie" will probably be one of 
"Charlie" McGeoch's assistants, coaching foot- 
ball at M.A.G. next fall. 

George A. Cotton '22 has been appointed 
line coach for the Beverly High School team 
next fall which is handleci by Herbert Collins 

"Joe" Cormier '26 has been doing excellent 
work at Harvard Graduate School of Landscape 
Gardening. Joe was married last year and is 
living at 90 Jackson Road, Newton, Mass. 

"Phil" Couhig '26 plans to return to Essex 
Aggie as athletic director another year. 

John K. Delahunt '20, head coach at Rock- 
land High School, Rockland, Mass., turned out 
a good basketball team last winter. One of his 
rivals. West Bridgewater High, was coached by 
Arthur Frellick '18. 

"Fritz" Ferranti '25 has become a contractor 
with headquarters at Marblehead, Mass. 

Richard W. Fessenden '26, who has been a 
graduate assistant in Chemistry at M.A.G., was 
recently elected to Phi Kappa Phi, one of the 
few post-graduates on record to receive such 
honors. He plans to attend Columbia in the 

Robert M. Gould '21 of Shelburne, Mass., 
has announced his engagement. 

Lawrence L. Jones '26, A. H. Gustafson '26, 
L. E. Ball '21, Lawrence E. Briggs '27, L. S. 
Walker w'29, William Bosworth '31, Norman 
Myrick '31 (Pat Myrick's '24 brother), and 
Matthew Blaisdell '29, will be counselors at 
"Kid" Gore's Camp Enajerog this coming 

Donald A. Lent '21 was a recent visitor on 
campus for the first time in several years. 
"Don" is teacher-coach at Maynard High School 
in his old home town. 

"Huck" Love '25 brought up his fruit judging 
team High School Day and carried off first 
honors. "Huck" is teaching at Norfolk County 

Charles "Gid" Mackintosh '21 is convalescing 
from rather a serious operation on his leg. Gid's 
last letter tells us he was out and able to hobble 
around and is doing as well as could be expected. 
His address is 621 North Main Street, High 
Point, North Carolina. 

Robert W. McAllister '27, teacher-coach at 
Newport, Vermont, had an especially good 
football team and his basketball team finished, 
up the season creditably after a mediocre start. 

Charles F. Oliver '25 recently married. He is 
already making plans for his next season's team 
at Central Village, Mass. 

Kenneth A. Salmon '24 announces his en- 
gagement to Miss Sybil Jewett, Amherst, Mass. 

Donald C. Sullivan '26 has successfully spent' 
his second year at Deerfield Academy. 

Loren Sniffen, captain of the 1926 track 
team, was a week-end visitor this spring. He 
is engaged with his father in a flourishing business 
in flowers at Wesport, Conn. Since he left 
M.A.C., he has won the title of metropolitan 
champion in the running broad jump and while 


The Varsity Club is in need of money. 
Life membership is only SI. 00, but add 
an extra 25c for chapter one of "Kid" 
Gore's "History of Football at M.A.C." 
Send checks to the secretary, Earle S. 
Carpenter, M.A.C, Amherst, Mass. 


(Continued from Page 5) 
the leading point-scorers among the players in 
the smaller colleges of Western New England, 
made the all-Valley mythical eleven at halfback, 
and finished the season as third high scorer in 
the East. A sports writer that season spoke of 
McGeoch as follows: "He has blazed a trail at 
Aggie long to be remembered and he rates as 
one of the flashiest backs the College has ever 

Won "M" in Three Sports 

"Chick" also won his letter in hockey and 
did the receiving for the '25 baseball nine. With 
this splendid playing experience, and rounding 
under "Kid" Gore's system, McGeoch should 
be well qualified to fill his new position. 

McGeoch will be an instructor in physical 
education and after his football work is finished 
in the fall he will probably have charge of 
hockey and baseball for the Stockbridge School 
of Agriculture at M.A.C. 

Aggie's Athlete Alumni Attend 

There was a very interesting group of alumni 
on the Aggie bench during the recent Aggie- 
Worcester Tech baseball game on Alumni Field. 
Major S. Francis Howard '94, better known as 
"Kid" Howard, now head of the department of 
chemistry at Norwich University, who played 
in the outfield in his undergraduate days, held 
a regular class reunion with John E. Gifford '94, 
captain of the '93 Aggie football team. Both 
men have sons who are students at M.A.C. 
F. S. Cooley '88 of Sunderland, convalescing 
from a serious injury, was pulling hard for his 
nephew, Addison Hall '30, who was pitching the 
game, to win. Evan F. Richardson '87, a team- 
mate with Cooley on Aggie's football elevens in 
the late SO's, and who has had so many daughters 
and sons at M.A.C. that we have lost count, 
completed the quartet of loyal former Aggie 
athletes. — All of them letter men themselves — 
all of them with sons or relatives in the college 
— and all back for High School Day. 

here showed the boys the form that won him the 
New England championship in 1926. 

Harold Stevenson, captain of track in 1924, 
after landscaping and winning the mile cham- 
pionship at Miami, recently joined several other 
Aggie men in landscape work at Womelsdorf, 

"Ducky" Swan, spring track captain in 192'?', 
was a High School Day visitor. He is still 
teachingat Jamaica Plain High School and likes it. 

Leverett S. Woodworth '23 is practicing 
medicine in New York City. His address is 56 
West 56th Street. 

Lawrence E. Briggs '27, coach of the Stock- 
bridge School of Agriculture baseball team, re- 
cently gave a talk on baseball before the Holyoke 

George Kelso '26 of Reading and Waban, 
recently joined the ranks of matrimony. 

"Johnny" Hale '23, of Glastonbury, Conn., 
made a short call recently to renew old ac- 
quaintances on the campus. 

Samuel B. Samuels '25, coach of three sports 
at the Farm School, had another better than 
average year at Pennsylvania Prep. School. 

"Herb" Grayson '26 had a successful year in 
basketball at Attleboro, Mass., where his team 
won 9 out of 14 games played. 

"Tick" Biron '27 is working at the Corn- 
borer Laboratories, Arlington, Mass. 

Robert Burrill '27 is working in Japanese 
Beetle Laboratories, New Jersey. He expects to 
go to the Near East within a short time. 

"Det" Jones '14 is working at the Cornborer 
Laboratories, Arlington, Mass. 

"Norm" Nash '27 turned out a fine basket- 
ball team at Terryville, Conn., winning the class 
championship of the State. "Norm" is pitching 
for the Meriden Club of the Connecticut State 
League and recently won a 16-inning game 
from Farmington. 

(Continued on Page 7, col. 1) 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, May 25, 1928 

DEAN HILLS '81 41st 


Joseph L. Hills '81, dean of the College of 
Agriculture of the University of Vermont and 
director of the Vermont Agricultural Experi- 
ment Station has just completed forty years 
in the service of that institution. 

His co-workers in Vermont recently presented 
him with a token of their affection and expressed 
the wish that he might be with them another 
forty years. The Burlington Free Press expressed 
the same sentiment when it said editorially: 
"May Dean Hills live long and continue his 
leadership with increased power." 

Is Nationally Known Chemist 

After graduating from M.A.C. in ISSl, he 
did graduate work here three years. He re- 
ceived the degree of Doctor of Science from 
Rutgers in 1903. He has been a chemist on 
the staffs of the Massachusetts, New Jersey, 
and Vermont Agricultural Experiment Stations 
and has a national reputation in agricultural 
chemistry and agronomy. 

Dean Hills served for some time as secretary 
and treasurer of the Association of Land Grant 
Colleges and he is now president of that organi- 
Station Director at Vermont Since 1888 

He went to the Uni\'ersity of Vermont in 
1888, became director of the Experiment Sta- 
tion in 1893 and dean of the College of Agricul- 
ture in 1898. Few, if any, men now living have 
been as long in active service in positions similar 
to those held by Dean Hills. During this 
period, the agricultural staff at Vermont has 
increased from three to more than fifty members, 
and the student body and appropriations have 
increased in even greater proportions. 

The alumni of ISL.A.C. unite with the farmers 
of Vermont, with the alumni of the University 
of Vermont, and with the agricultural scientists 
of the nation in congratulating Dean Hills and 
in wishing him happiness in the continuation 
of his work in Burlington. 

Employees Control Co. 

of Late Herbert Myrick '82 

A group of employees of the Phelps Publish- 
ing Company, of Springfield, Mass., who have 
been in the employ of the company for man}- 
years, recently obtained control of the stock of 
the company by purchase from the estate of the 
late Herbert Myrick '82. 

Nine veterans of the publishing company 
have organized as the Phelps' Associates to do 
business under the old name of the Phelps 
Publishing Co. The company, in addition to 
publishing the New England Homestead, prints 
eighteen other periodicals and pamphlets. 


(Continued from Page 2) 

It is three years since we were together at 
Aggie. Let's make it a 100;? reunion on June 9. 

Class Secretary, Miss Rita Casey, 344 Bank 
St., Fall River, Mass. 


The class secretary would like to hear from 
every member of '27. Do it now! And say you'll 
be on campus for our first reunion, Saturday, 
June 9. 

Class Secretary, J. Emerson Greenaiimy, 53 
Villa Parkway, Springfield, Mass. 

"Chick" Lewis '05 is doing field work on 
European Cornborer. His headquarters are at 
Arlington, Mass. 

Ernest McVey '27 was present at the M.A.C.- 
Northeastern game. 


The juniors who are taking the advance 
military course are once more to travel to their 
summer camp duty over the road on horseback, 
and once more they go to Fort Ethan Allen, 
\"ermont. They will have six weeks of camp 
experience, almost half of it while travelling. 
The group leaves Amherst on Friday, June 15, 
under the leadership of Major X. B. Briscoe, 
and travels by way of Bennington to their 
camp, camping overnight by the roadside and 
reaching Fort Ethan Allen on Tuesday, June 
26. They will do no travelling on Sunday. The 
return trip will be made through Manchester, 
\'t., starting July 16 and reaching Amherst on 
July 26. 

Once more the senior officers of the cadets 
have held a night ride, this time over a thirty- 
mile route with seven stations at which the men 
had to report. Ernest L. Spencer of Lowell, 
former editor of the Collegian, won first place in 
a field of twenty-four, and second place went to 
Cieorge S. Tulloch of Bridgewatcr. A silver 
loving cup was awarded the winner. 

Alumni will be interested to see the changes 
in town when they return in June. The New 
Jones Library on Amity Street is nearing com- 
pletion, and the new home of the First National 
Bank, to be completed bj fall, is already started 
on the corner of Pleasant and Amity streets. A 
block of stores is soon to be removed from be- 
tween the two lots, greatly beautif\ing (he 
corner. A new building is being erected to re- 
place the old block recently burned which 
housed Tommy Walsh's clothing store, the 
Candy Kitchen and Cosby's barber shop. 
Alpha Delta Phi's new fraternity house at 
Amherst College is practically conii)k-ted, and 
the old Catholic Church, .sold last fall, has iHcn 
transformed into eight unit apartment house. 
All in all there is a little buikling going on in 
town. Nothing has yet been done with the 
site of the old Amherst House, which Ijurned a 
year and a half ago, nor has the site uf the old 
Mt. Pleasant School been transformed. 

The Maroon Key society, the sophomore 
organization for entertaining visiting teams of 
all sorts, has just elected its new contingent 
from the freshman class. W. R. Dangclmayer 
of Waltham, freshman class president, is presi- 
dent of the group. 

So popular was the orchestra which i)la>ed 
for the Junior Prom this year that it has been 
engaged to play for the Sophomore-Senior Hop, 
Monday, June 11. The Bohemians, of Worces- 
ter, have been selected and will provide music 
for the affair, tickets for which are already on 
sale among the undergraduates. 

'10 Henry R. Francis is still professor of 
forestry at the N. V. State College of Forestry. 
Syracuse University, Syracuse, N. Y. 

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Two- Year Course Renamed 

The establishment of five major courses of 
study, replacing the fourteen departmental 
majors formerly in effect, has been authorized 
by the board of trustees of the College. They 
are agriculture, horticulture, home economics, 
physical and biological sciences and social 

While by this action the trustees broadened 
the fields of specialization for the College, they 
ha\e added requirements by which graduates 
will have received training in every "phase of 
instruction the College offers. 

The new arrangement is planned to provide 
scientific foundation, cultural background and 
professional training for the degree of Bachelor 
of Science. By this action, home economics 
and certain social sciences have been added to 
list of possible fields of specialization. 
2- Year Now Stockbridge School of Agric. 

Another important action by the trustees is 
that of changing the name of the two-year 
course in practical agriculture to the "Stock- 
bridge School of Agriculture". This change is 
effective immediately, and the graduates of the 
present two-year class will receive diplomas as 
having completed the Stockbridge course of 

This action has been taken because of confu- 
sion regarding the two-year course, which is 
separate from the regular academic four-year 

Course Started in 1928 

The two-year course was organized in 1918 to 
meet the demand for a short course in agricul- 
ture for students not prepared to pass college 
entrance reqtiircments, and for those who did 
not care to invest four years. 

The course has been successful, the enrol- 
ment reaching a larger figure this year than at 
any time except after the World War, when 
ex-service men were sent to M.A.C. in large 
numbers for rehabilitation. 

The course now is named for Levi Stockbridge, 
first manager of the college farm after its es- 
tablishment in 1862, and also su]5erinlendent of 
the erection of the original farm btiildings. He 
was born in lladley, and early visualized the 
need of education for the farmer. He was a 
pioneer in instruction in agriculture and his 
formulas, worked out in 1876, revolutionized 
the fertilizer btisincss of the country. He served 
as president of the College from 1880-1882. 

.Stockbridge Hall, the college building housing 
the division of agriculture, already stands as a 
memorial to him. 


(Continued from Fiifte I) 

Michigan. Detroit and vicinity — Howard 
Russell '18. 

Minnesota — Paul W. Latham '17. 

Nnu York. 

Albany and vicinily — Webster J. Birdsall '13 
and Richard W. Smith '17. 

73»j7-<i/o— Milford II. Clark, Jr. '07. 

Syracuse — Fred K. Zercher '21. 

New York City and vicinity — George Zabriskie 
'13, Charles W. Moses '16, and James C. Maples 

Rocheslcr^\-hiTo\A D. Phelps '09, and Roger 

C. Coombs '21. 

North Carolina — Charles G. Mackintosh '21. 

Cleveland — John A. Crawford '20 and Robert 
P. Br>don w'06. 

Columbus — John F. Lyman '05 and Murray 

D. Lincoln '05. 

Philadelphia and vicinity — Dr. Thomas J. 
Gasser '19. 

Rhode Island. 

Willis S. Fisher '98, Brooks F. Jakeman '20, 
William R. Irving '17, and Delwin B. Farrar '18. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, May 25, 1928 


Class Reunions 
Alumni Day, Sat. June 9 

'73, '78 (THE "FIFTY YEAR" 
CLASS), '88, '98, '03, '08, '09, '13, '18, 
'23, '25, '27 AND MANY OTHERS. 


w'71 Albert King of Taunton, Mass., was 
present at both the recent meetings of the 
alumni in Boston and Providence and was an 
interesting speaker at each. 

w'72 Frank C. Cowles was the oldest 
alumnus present at the recent alumni smoker 
in Worcester where the new Physical Education 
Building project was discussed. Mr. Cowles 
gave some very interesting anecdotes concern- 
ing the College in the early days. A portion of 
the campus was purchased from Mr. Cowles' 
father when the College was established. 

'72 Richard B. Grover, who resides at 
Pilgrim Parsonage, Petersham, is a frequent 
and interested contributor to the Bulleiin. 

'73 Fletcher K. Barrows advises that he 
expects several of his classmates on hand for a 
reunion celebration, June 9. 

'75 Everett B. Bragg, now retired, resides 
at Carrael, Calif. 

'75 Frederick G. Campbell, who resides at 
218 South St., Jamaica Plain, Mass., is enjoying 
a life of retirement. 

'78 Dr. Frederick Tuckerman has been busy 
during the past few months rounding up his 
classmates of the "fifty-year" class for a "bang- 
up" clebration on June 9. 

'88 Not to be outdone by the "fifty-year" 
class, '88, spurred on by Herbert C. Bliss and 
Fred S. Cooley is making a bid for attendance 
honors and the '14 attendance cup award. 

'97 Due to the recent illness of Dr. Charles 
A. Peters plans for a big celebration of the class 
of '97 have been discontinued, but it is hoped 
that the class will be represented on Alumni 

'98 Willis S. Fisher, class secretary, Rhode 
Island School headmaster and chairman of the 
R. I. regional committee on the Physical Edu- 
cation Building Campaign reports his class 
"read> to go" June 9 for the 30th reunion. 

'03 Dr. William E. Tottingham, class presi- 
dent, "Gerry" D. Jones, secretary and Prof. 
A. V. Osmun have been steadily at work on 
the 1903 class plans for the reunion on June 9. 
'03 returns for its 25th reunion. 

'08 Olive May Turner, "Snap" Jackson, 
Orton Clark and "Cindy" Verbeck make up 
a reunion committee for '08 which should 
insure the members of the 20th year class of a 
celebration that will be hard to beat. 

'08 Dr. Albert L. Whiting is reported to be 
engaged in the commercial legume business at 
Urbana, Illinois. • 

'09 "Sam" Grossman is bringing his 'gang" 
of '09-ers back to Aggie just to show the class 
of 'OS that it can be done. 

'10 "Sam" W. Mendum has changed his 
residence to 214 Holly Ave., Takoma Park, Md. 
where there is quite a colony of Aggie alumni. 
He is still with the Bureau of Agri. Econ., 
U.S.D.A., Washington, D.C. 

'12 Mr. Carlos L. Beals has recently accep- 
ted a position with Otis Clapp & Co. of Boston, 
wholesale druggists. Mr. Beals will serve as 
research chemist and biologist. His present 
address is 7 Buena Vista Ave., Providence, R.I. 
'13 Norman J. Nichols is reported to be 
district operating manager for the Beacon Oil 
Co., at Delmar, N.Y. 

'13 "Ben" Ellis, Paul Serex, "Kid" Gore, 
Clark Thayer and "Win" Adams are planning 
to make the 15th reunion of the "13 salts" the 
best ever. 

w'13 Henry E. Goodnough has been ap- 

pointed assistant prohibition administrator in 
charge of enforcement work in N.E. with offices 
in Boston. He was formerly in charge of similar 
work in Rhode Island. 

'13 George Zabriskie, railway traffic solici- 
tor for the Wabash Railway, was elected presi- 
dent of the M.A.C. Alumni Club of N.Y.C. at 
its recent annual meeting. He has offices at 
149 Broadway, N.Y.C. 

'15 Raymond B. Griggs, formerly of Braden- 
ton, Fla., has moved to Atlanta, Ga., and is 
now head of the accounting department of 
Paxton & Davis Co., a department store in 
that city. 

'16 Frank L. Davis has a new position with 
the N. E. Dairy and Food Council, 51 Cornhill 
Boston, Mass. Frank was formerly county 
agricultural agent for Windham County, Conn. 

'16 Charles W. Moses is connected with the 
American Incubators Inc., of New Brunswick, 
N. J., makers of Wishbone incubators, brooders 
and poultry equipment. 

'18 Howard L. Russell, class president, sent 
a continual stream of class letters to his class- 
mates during the past twelve months and 
expects at least fifty '18-ers back for the BIG 
TENTH, June 8, 9 and 10. Campus celebra- 
tion arrangements are in charge of "Whitey" 
Lanphear, "Bob" Hawley, "Tobe" Roberts and 
"Gyp" Goodwin. 

'18 Carleton T. Smith is now a full fledged 
M.D. and has hung out his shingle at 36 Pleasant 
St., Worcester, Mass. 

'19 Sidney C. Johnson reports himself as 
"hale and hearty" on the job as an educational 
advisor at 270 Bank St., Fall River, Mass. 

'22 Henry Nigro is studying for his M.D. at 
the Boston City Hospital. 

'23 "Lu" Arrington reports that '23 will be 
on hand for its fifth reunion. The reunion 
in charge is "Willie" Marshman, Owen Folsom, 
"Bob" Fuller and "Lu" Arrington. 

'23 "Don" Collins holds the fort as a veteri- 
narian at 2500 16th St., San Francisco, Calif. 

'25 Rita Casey and a loyal band of '25-ers 
are going out after a 100;? attendance at theii" 
third class reunion. 

'25 Melvin C. Jack has been teaching in 
the commercial department of the Senior High 
School, Taunton, Mass., during the past year. 

'26 Matthew Jameson has been studying for 
an advance degree at the Harvard Graduate 
School of Education. 

'27 "Em" Greenaway is working hard to 
make the first reunion of the "baby" alumni 
class a success. "Em" has a new job as assistant 
librarian in the City Library, State Street, 
Springfield, where his Aggie library experience 
is working in handily. 

'26 Miss Marguerite R. Bosworth teaches 
domestic science, English, and algebra in the 
high school at Medway, Mass. 

'26 Earle W. Bruorton is a florist at Dobbs 
FeiTy, N. Y. 

'27 D. L. Galanie is practicing golf course 
construction with the firm of Styles and Van 
Kleek, golf course architects, on the new course 
at West Falmouth, Mass. 

'27, '05, '12 "Eddie" A. Connell '27 has 
taken the position of office manager for the 
New England district for the F. A. Bartlett 
Tree Expert Company and will have charge of 
editorial and publicity work. It may be re- 
membered that the F. A. Bartlett Tree Expert 
Company is headed by Francis A. Bartlett '05, 
and that the New England district is under the 
general managership of Albert W. Dodge '12. 

'27 Everett J. Pyle has spent some of the 
winter months studying landscape architecture 
in Miami, Florida. 

'27 & '27 Lewis H. Whitaker is employed 
with the Guardian Trust Co., Detroit, Mich. 
He received a visit recently from "Herb" 
Verity, who is a chemist with Proctor & Gamble 
Co., Ivorydale, Ohio. 

w'27 Raymond F. Difley is a salesman for 
the American Agricultural Chemical Co., with 
headquarters in New York City. 


'11 Harold F. Willard. "Parasites of the 
Pink Boll Worm in Hawaii." U.S.D.A. Tech. 
Bull. No. 19, 1927. 

'14 & '17 Charles C. Hill and Herbert D. 
Smith. "Status of the Parasites of the Hessian 
Fly, in Pa., Md., and Va." In Jour. Agr. Res. 
36: 1928. 

'14 & '09 Dettmar W. Jones & Donald J. 
Caffrey. "Status of Imported Parasite of the 
European Corn Borer." In U.S.D.A. Circular 
No. 14. 1927. 

'15 Charles H. Alden with O. I. Snapp. 
"Paradichlorobenzene Experiments in the South 
for the Peach Borer Control." In U.S.D.A. 
Tech. Bui. 58. 1928. 

'15 William L. Doran. 'Acetic Acid as a 
Soil Disinfectant." In Jour. Agr. Res.. 36: 
269-280. 1928; "The Growth of Tobacco and 
Brown Root-rot of Tobacca as Affected by 
Timothy Infusions of Different Ages." In 
Jour. Agr. Res. 36: 281-287. 1928. 

'22 Stanley W. Bromley. "Notes on the 
Genus Proctacanthus with the Descriptions of 
Two New Species." In Psyche 35: 12-15. 1928. 

F Charles P. Alexander. "Studies on the 
Crane-flies of Mexico, Pt. 4; Annals Ent. Soc. 
Amer., Vol. 21, p. 101-119, March, 1928; "Rec- 
ords of Crane-flies from Ontario"; Ca?iadian 
Entomologist, Vol. 60, p. 54-60, March, 1928. 

G John G. Archibald. "Calf Meal Studies." 
In Jour, of Dairy Science, Vol. 11. 

F G. Chester Crampton. "The Eulabium, 
Mentum, Submentum and Gular Region of 
Insects"; Jour, of Ent. and Zool., Vol. 20, pp. 1- 
18, March, 1928; "The Grouping of the Insect 
Orders and Their Lines of Descent." The 
Entomologist, April, 1928. 

'26 Margaret P. Smith has been awarded 
the second prize in a large competition insti- 
tuted by the New York Botanical Gardens and 
known as "1928 Small Garden Competition." 
The problem was the design of a small garden. 

'26 Loren F. Sniffen, former Aggie track 
star, recently served as an official at the annual 
indoor track meet of the Fairfield County 
Y.M.C.A. at Westport, Conn. Loren is in the 
florist business in Westport and was a recent 
visitor on the campus. 

'26 George H. Thurlow has recently re- 
turned from New Port Richey, Florida. During 
the winter he has been employed there in the 
Helms Horticultural Gardens. 

'26 Earl M. White, who is connected with 
the firm of Joseph Middlebury, Jr., Inc., 347 
Summer St., Boston, reports that he w'as married 
June 22, 1927 to Miss Lois Tilden at Braintree, 

'27 A. Roger Chamberlain is doing landscape 
work and resides at 117 Myrtle St., Boston, 

'27 Roger M. Cobb writes that he is now 
teaching agriculture at Henry Ford's new trade 
school in South Sudbury, Mass. "Rog" extends 
a cordial invitation to Aggie men passing his 
way to pay him a visit. 

'27 "Eddie" A. Connell writes that he is 
"trying to live within the budget" as hydraulic 
engineer and secretary to the N. E. manager 
of the Republic Flow Meters Co., Boston office, 
45 India St., Boston, Mass. 

'27 Theodore A. Farwell is landscaping for 
himself while he carries on his regular work in 
the accounting department of the Turners 
Falls Power and Electric Company. His address 
is 24 Marshall St., Turners Falls, Mass. 

'27 George F. Hatch, Jr., is a landscape 
engineer at 4614 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, Ohio. 
George became a benedict on June 21st last. 

'27 John J. Mahoney, one of last year's 
star football performers for Aggie, is a land- 
scape gardener at the Riverdale Nurseries, 
West Springfield, Mass. 

sp'17 Ernest Hansen is superintendent of 
the Rural Cemetery in Worcester. His address 
is 22 Wakefield Street. 















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